John Caligari retired from the Australian Regular Army in mid-2015 at the rank of Lieutenant General (3-star general) after 36 years’ service, and has considerable experience organising and leading large organisations in Defence.
His last three positions in Defence involved managing stakeholders across Government and industry in leading the modernisation of the warfighting capabilities of the Australian Defence Force. John led organisations responsible for defining the priorities and specifications for future warfighting capabilities to be acquired; and balanced a capital budget of over $15 billion.
Now a Strategy and Leadership Consultant, LTGEN John Caligari has a wealth of experience in demanding environments, especially on operational service overseas and at the highest levels in the Department of Defence. His last seven years in particular have been at the interface between industry and Defence, particularly as Chairman of the Rapid Prototype Development and Evaluation Program Board.
On 26 January 2002 John was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for his role as CO 1 RAR Battalion Group on Operation TANAGER, East Timor, 2000–2001. On the 26 January 2007 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “exceptional performance of duties in command and senior Army staff appointments”. On 9 June 2014 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service as Head Modernisation and Strategic Planning-Army and Head Systems Capability Development Group.”