The Author

 

LtCol Bill Blaikie in Herat, Afghanistan, 2004 (where it all started)

I am married to a loving and understanding wife and have 2 wonderful sons aged in their early 20’s and a beautiful teenage daughter (my princess). I have held numerous Intelligence and Security positions in both the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces over the last 25 years including: various intelligence and operational roles culminating as the Deputy Director Intelligence, Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan.

I am a strategy and systems expert, with a military background and twelve years in project roles implementing substantial organisational and strategic change.

I have:

  • Been made a Member of New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the Queens New Year Honours 2005 for contribution as the Deputy Director of Intelligence on the War on Terror in Afghanistan and as NZ’s military attaché,
  • Worked in key government departments as well as for a major international consultancy,
  • Broad expertise across strategic planning and the necessary supporting systems, organisational change, military and industrial intelligence, counter-terrorism and security.

3 comments

    • Peter Kitchenman on June 19, 2016 at 11:26 pm
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    Dear Bill,

    I read about your situation in today’s Dominion Post (20 June 2016). Although I would strongly disagree with New Zealand’s armed intervention in the Middle East (in particular in Afghanistan and Iraq since 9/11, but also earlier interventions such as supporting the naval blockage of Iraq in the 1990s – a blockade that a United Nations organisation said caused the deaths of around 500,000 young children in Iraq due to the shortage of medical supplies) strong feelings of rage swept over me this morning when I read about the lack of support that our government, quasi-government entities, and non-governmental organisations are giving former military people, such as yourself, to combat the harm that PTSD is causing after tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    I am so sad that you have had to experience, and continue to experience, PTSD as a result of your military duty.

    Kind regards,

    Peter

  1. Hi Bill, I am a NZ Registered Psychotherapist, successfully treating PTSD. Please be in touch for more information.

    • Denny Makara on June 21, 2016 at 8:15 pm
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    Hi Bill,
    Hi Bill,
    noticed you on TV so thought I would respond.

    My name is Denny Makara, I have been battling the Government to compensate me for the 20 years they took my war pension off me until it was re-instated. Evidence points to the fact they believed I had not been to Vietnam therefore not wounded and that I was a Rambo from the old Kingseat nut house.

    In Vietnam we were secretly referred too as the Faceless 26 Vietnam Ghost Unit NZSAS.

    I thought at first I was the only veteran with issues but after seeing another SAS Soldier who lost his leg in Afghanistan , others, and now yours, our concerns are only the tip of the iceberg, we need to get together and battle the Government like we were back in action. Together we stand divided we fall.

    Regards

    Denny

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