Received a formal letter from the UNSW@ADFA Research Committee stating that at its meeting on 17 August 2007, it had resolved that my thesis merits the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (History) subject to corrections being made to the satisfaction of the Head of School (bold in original).
This I already knew. It did reveal the names of my examiners:
- Associate Professor Brian Farrell, National University of Singapore
- Dr Reg Shrader
- Dr Albert Palazzo
I've met Al Palazzo many times. We even shared a podium during the Army History Conference. He once wrote a monograph on logistics in the Gulf War, which I think is classified. Prof Brian Farrell I saw on the TV once. Someone else wrote a poor book on the Fall of Singapore and the ABC devoted an episode of Four Corners to debunking it. He was interviewed. "Rubbish" was his verdict on the Aussies-caused-the-fall-of-Singapore theory as I recall. Dr Shrader was not familiar to me, but he is the author of U.S. Military Logistics, 1607-1991: A Research Guide.
The letter invited me to submit an Intention to Graduate form. The guys in the office wondered why they don't ask for this before people start work on theses.