Darryl Watters was the inaugural Deputy Director of the Peace Operations Training Institute and previously the Deputy Director of UNITAR POCI. He retired from active service in the Royal Australian Navy in the rank of Commander, after nearly twenty-nine years’ service, in August 2007.
He holds a MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies (University of Madras) and a MA in International Relations (Human Rights and International Law) (Deakin University) in addition to his naval accredited qualifications (Diploma of Maritime Studies and Graduate Diploma of Applied Science). During his naval career he enjoyed the usual variety of sea and shore postings (and associated port visits of course) in Navigation, General Naval Warfare, specialist Anti Submarine Warfare and several joint and overseas areas including graduation from the Indian Defence Services Staff College; Instructor Underwater Warfare at the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) Warfare Centre, Second In Command HMAS TORRENS, and RAN Liaison officer to the US Naval Doctrine Command (which subsequently became the US Naval Warfare Development Command) in Norfolk, Virginia.
The shore posts included several other postings to the ADF Warfare Centre in a variety of roles including Deputy Director Doctrine, Chief Instructor, and prior to retiring, the Maritime Planner for Joint and Multinational exercises.
There were several unusual opportunities along the way, including becoming an accredited instructor on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) with the International Committee of the Red Cross and conducting seminars in Turkey and Serbia-Montenegro on their behalf in 1997. He is also a graduate of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law’s “San Remo” course on IHL and the Norwegian Defence International Centre’s Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) course.
Darryl’s last years of service were more involved in international peace operations and exercises, including time as Chief of Staff to the Australian Contingent Commander in the UN Transitional Administration East Timor (UNTAET). He followed that post as the Director of the ADF Peacekeeping Centre (the first time the post was not held by an Army Officer) and was then selected for a three year secondment (after a global selection process) to the United Nations Headquarters in New York where he was responsible for the generation of forces for peacekeeping missions, particularly in the West African region.
Since retiring from the Navy, Darryl completed a brief consultancy with the Centre for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (based in Hawaii) and then rejoined the United Nations as the Planning and Best Practices Officer in the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), responsible for collection, analysis and distribution of lessons learned and enhancing a continuous improvement culture within the mission. He completed his term there in March 2008 before joining the UNITAR POCI team in Williamsburg where he served until July 2009.
Darryl remains a COTIPSO Thesis Advisor and is available for guidance on maritime issues, UNHQ processes, planning and managing missions, generating forces for missions, use of force, and laws of the sea to name a few.