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Operations &
Central Blue Team

Supporting the Foundation are a highly dedicated and professional team of business managers, editors and social media managers.


The volunteer Central Blue editors are highly experienced and passionate Air Force officers. Under their stewardship The Central Blue has grown into a high quality forum for serving members and interested thought leaders to present their ideas. 


Catherine Scott

Business and Events Manager

Catherine's professional background began in Information Management/Librarianship.  During her career, Catherine has worked in a range of professional positions including General Manager for the Institute For Regional Security, Senior Reference Librarian at the State Library of NSW, policy research in the Australian Government, and project management roles in website and events management.

Current voluntary positions include President of Gift of Life Inc. She is also on DonateLife's Community Engagement Group and Eye and Tissue Advisory Committee. 

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Graduate Diploma in Information Management, Librarianship and a Master of Business Administration


Dr Ross Mahoney

Social Media Manager / Editor The Central Blue

Senior Historian

City Architecture and Heritage Team

Brisbane City Council


Ross has over a decade of experience within the heritage and education sectors in both Australia and the United Kingdom. In the UK, he worked for the Royal Air Force Museum and the University of Birmingham while in Australia he has worked for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at The Australian National University based at the Australian War College.


Ross' research interests include military history, with a specific focus on the history of air warfare, transport history, and urban history. To date, he has published several chapters and articles, edited two books, and delivered papers on three continents.


Ross is also the editor and owner of 'From Balloons to Drones,' an online scholarly platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and contemporary operations in their broadest sense. He is also a Vice-President of the Second World War Research Group and a Director of the Group’s Asia-Pacific Regional Group.


Jo Brick

Editor, The Central Blue 

Group Captain Jo Brick

Jo Brick is an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College. She holds a Master of Laws, and a Military and Defence Studies (Advanced) (Hons) from the Australian National University; and a Master of International Security from Deakin University. Jo’s interests are in civil-military relations and strategy; airpower and armoured warfare; military ethics, and international law. Jo also is a member of the Military Writers Guild.


Follow Jo on Twitter @clausewitzrocks


Jenna Higgins

Editor, The Central Blue

Squadron Leader Jenna Higgins

Jenna Higgins is an Air Combat Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force who specialises in Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and Electronic Warfare. She is a co-editor of The Central Blue and a member of the Military
Writers Guild. In 2016 she was the Australian Defence Force Global Voices
youth defence delegate, and more recently, a member of the Institute For Regional Security’s Future Strategic Leaders Program.

She has a bachelor’s in physics and politics, and a master’s in strategy and security from UNSW@ADFA, and a master’s in aerospace systems from Kingston University, London.

Her interests are primarily in national security and defence policy, and understanding strategic culture.

You can find Jenna on Twitter @Jenna_Ellen_.


Dr Ulas Yildirim

Editor, The Central Blue

Squadron Leader Ulas ‘Ulie’ Yildirim

Deputy Director Force Structure Design

Royal Australian Air Force

Ulas ‘Ulie’ Yildirim is an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from UNSW and a Master of Strategic and Defence Studies from ANU. He is currently completing a PhD in Engineering from RMIT whose focus is analysing the impact of alternative aviation fuels on gas turbine performance. Ulie’s interests are in civil-military relations and strategy; and strategic culture effects on organisational decision making. Follow Ulie on Twitter @lightningulas     

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