Mr Pete Short

Chief Operating Officer
Age: 53


  • Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), Deakin University, 2010
  • Bachelor of Advanced Military & Operational Studies, Royal Thai Army, Command & General Staff College, 1999
  • Diploma of Applied Language (Thai), Defence Force School of Languages, 1995
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Human Resources Management), Southern Cross University, 1995
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Employment History

2018-present, Chief Operating Officer, Electro Optic Systems

2016-2018, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Electro Optic Systems

2013-2015, Director General Land Development, Department of Defence of Australia, Canberra

2012-2013, Assistant Commander Joint Task Force 633, Department of Defence of Australia, Afghanistan

2010-2012, Director General Base & Customer Support Services, Department of Defence of Australia, Canberra

2008-2009, Director Plans - Army, Department of Defence of Australia, Canberra

2007-2008, Director of the Enhanced Land Force, Department of Defence of Australia, Canberra


  • Currently coordinates and oversees the execution of the CEO's strategic plan and facilitates business efficiency.
  • Prior to his role as COO, led EOS' global business strategy to realise its medium to long term commercial objectives by providing market context, capture planning and customer and stakeholder management direction to its Executive Divisions.
  • Leadership roles at senior military levels including the delivery of major Land/Army projects as the Director General Land Capability Development, Department of Defence, Australia. This involved developing strategy and budgets for over 43 Land/Army projects as well as planning, problem solving and stakeholder engagement to execute and obtain high performance results.
  • Managed the interface and relationships with customers on all 400 Australian Defence bases, properties and training areas (Navy, Army and Air Force) and led the support provider towards improvements and implementation of the new ADF Base Support Model and Base Security Improvement Program as Director General Base and Customer Support Services, Department of Defence, Australia.
  • Accountability for significant budgets and programs of work of up to $9.2b whilst improving financial return on investments through the implementation of sustainment efficiencies and performance management targets.
  • Risk and Resources management including operational planning and financial management of operational budgets.


  • Commendation for Distinguished Service - 2014
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal - 2012
  • Afghanistan Medal - 2012
  • Distinguished Service Cross - 2007
  • Australian Defence Medal - 2006
  • Iraq Medal - 2006
  • International Forces East Timor Medal - 2000
  • Defence Long Service Medal - 2000
  • Infantry Combat Badge - 1993
  • Australian Active Service Medal (Somalia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan) - 1993