Lieutenant General J.G. (John) Caligari, AO, DSC, (Rtd)

Lieutenant General John Graham Caligari was born in Brisbane in 1960 and graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1982. He was posted as an infantry platoon commander to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
His command experience and operational service includes a tour of duty with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization as a military observer (Operation Paladin). He was a rifle company commander in the 1st Battalion and subsequently Operations Officer of the 1st Battalion Group during its deployment to Somalia in 1993 (Operation Solace).

For his service on this deployment he was awarded a Chief of Defence Force Commendation.

He deployed as Commander of the 1st Battalion Ready Group on HMAS Manoora for the evacuation of Australians from the Solomon Islands (Operation Plumbob) and commanded the 1st Battalion Group on operations along the East Timor / Indonesia border, with the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor (Operation Tanager) in 2000.

For his command and leadership on Operation Tanager he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He was Commander 3rd Brigade until 2009 and was subsequently appointed Australian National Commander in Afghanistan (Operation Slipper).

In other postings during his career he served in a range of regimental, operations and plans staff, and instructional postings at the School of Infantry, Land Headquarters, Headquarters Training Command and Australian Defence Headquarters.

He was Military Assistant to the Chief of Army in 2002, and in 2007 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for command and leadership in senior Army command and staff appointments.

Lieutenant General Caligari holds a Bachelor of Arts; a Master of Defence Studies; and a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies). He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth; the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies of the Australian Defence College, Canberra; and the Joint/Combined Land Component Commanders Course, US Army War College, Carlisle.

He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Harvard Australia Leadership Program. Lieutenant General Caligari was the Chief of Army Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University in 1999.

Lieutenant General Caligari is the Past President of Australian Army Rugby Union and a Patron of the 1st Battalion Association. He is married to Narelle and they have three adult children. Their twin sons recently graduated from the Royal Military College and their daughter is studying commerce and law at university.

He enjoys walking with Narelle, watching team sports especially rugby, playing the stock market, and reading and researching Australian history.

New Chief of Capability Development Group announced

31 Jul 2014

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC has announced Major General John Caligari, AO, DSC will succeed Vice Admiral Peter Jones AO, DSC, RAN as the Chief of Capability Development Group.

“Major General Caligari will bring a wealth of experience to this role. He has worked in the Capability Development Group since 2012 and was responsible for developing the current Defence Capability Plan,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.

Prior to joining the Capability Development Group, Major General Caligari held a number of command positions including the Deputy Commander of Australian Forces in Afghanistan and Commander 3rd Brigade.

He has also completed the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Leadership course and graduated from Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in the USA.

Major General Caligari will be promoted to Lieutenant General and assume his appointment in October.

“Capability Development Group plays an important role in identifying, assessing and reviewing the options available to meet the ADF’s capability needs,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.

“Major General Caligari has the right mix of tactical and strategic knowledge for the job.”