Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

Events

    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    The Royal Australian Navy: The Next Three Years

    Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Navy

    In a speech in late in 2016, the Chief of Navy reflected on the opportunities and challenges of the largest recapitalisation of the RAN since World War II.  

    He emphasised it was not about building an interoperable navy but building an integrated force for the Australian Defence Force.

    He also noted Navy would need to design and train 'from the ground up' to have a force trained and equipped to be capable of the decisive and distributed lethality necessary for winning in contemporary operations.

    Has this piqued your interest?  If so, come and listen to the Chief of Navy talk about Navy's plans for the future.

    Vice Admiral Tim Barrett joined the Navy in 1976 as a Seaman Officer and later specialised in Aviation.  He assumed command of the RAN on 1 July 2014.  His full biography is here.  

    (Photo: DoD)

    • 11 May 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    Australian Federal Police Operations in the Near Region

    Commissioner Andrew Colvin, APM, OAM

    The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has a significant role to play as part of Australia's whole-of-government approach to fighting crime at its source and contributing to national security more broadly.

    The AFP is involved in collaboration, intelligence gathering and capacity building off-shore in Australia's external territories and around the world.  AFP operations in our near region are grouped and managed into two areas of responsibility:  Pacific and External Territories, and South East Asia.  Commissioner Colvin has been asked to address the status, achievements and future outlook for the various AFP activities and operations in Australia's near region.

    Commissioner Andrew Colvin is a career police officer  having joined the AFP in 1990.  He was appointed the AFP's 7th Commissioner on 2 October 2014.  His full bio is here.

    (Photo: ANU)

    • 29 Jun 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    After assuming command of the Royal Australian Air Force in 2015, Air Marshal Davies published his Commander's Intent, which stated in part: Within the next ten years, we will introduce into service the F-35A Lightning II, the E/A-18G Growler, the P-8A Poseidon, the Triton UAS and a new pilot training system. Defence will introduce into service, and Air Force will support and operate, new space capabilities including a space situational awareness radar and space telescope. We will continue to evolve and develop our cyber capabilities. By 2025 the RAAF will be a truly information age air force.

    One of CAF's key priorities is to transform Air Force through the implementation of Plan Jericho.

    Come along and listen to what will be a fascinating and insightful talk about the Air Force's plans for the future.

    Air Marshal Leo Davies joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1979 and graduated to fly P-3B and P-3C Orion aircraft with No 11 Squadron at Edinburgh in South Australia. In 1987 he completed pilot training.  His full biography is here.  

    (Photo: DoD)

    • 21 Sep 2017
    • 19:00 - 23:00
    • Commonwealth Club

    The Institute's 2017 Annual Members' Dinner, sponsored by Thales Australia, will be held at the Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla, on Thursday 21 September, at 1900 for 1930hrs.

    The Council is delighted to announce that the Guest Speaker for this years' s event will be the Secretary of the Department of Human Services, Ms Kathryn Campbell, CSC.  Ms Campbell will address the Department's contribution to human security in Australia.

    Put a place-holder in your diary for Thursday 21 September 2017 and monitor the website for updates.

    (Photo: Human Services)

    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 19:00 - 23:00
    • Canberra
    Registration is closed

    2017 ACT Blamey Oration

    Following the conduct of the sell-out event in 2016, the United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory will again deliver the ACT Blamey Oration.

    Counsel is in the process of engaging a world-class speaker to follow-up on last year's great success with Dr David Kilcullen.

    Put a place-holder in your diary for Wednesday 22 November 2017 and monitor the website for updates.

Past events

23 Mar 2017 ACT: 2016 Leo Mahony Bursary Winners: Mr Cameron Hawker and Major Leon Young
09 Mar 2017 ACT: Mr Graham Fletcher, First Assistant Secretary North Asia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: A Focus on the Region - Australia and China: conflict of interests?
23 Feb 2017 ACT: Prof Clive Williams, MG: Lessons Learned from the Battle for Mosul
09 Feb 2017 ACT: Dr John Blaxland: Australia & Regional Security: The Challenge of being an Indo-Pacific Middle Power in the Age of Trump
06 Feb 2017 SA: Luncheon Presentation "Saudi Arabia - Defence Attache Report"
13 Dec 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture Tuesday 13 December 2016
08 Dec 2016 WA: Energy Security in the Indo-Pacific Century - Mr Andrew Pickford
30 Nov 2016 ACT: Dr Stephan de Spiegeleire: Capability-based planning: How does force design take place and how is that translated into capabilities?
29 Nov 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture Tuesday 29 November 2016
24 Nov 2016 ACT: 2016 Christmas Drinks
10 Nov 2016 WA: November 2016 Lecture
09 Nov 2016 ACT: 2016 Blamey Oration: The Dragon and the Snakes: Emerging and Future Security Threats in the Post-Cold War Order: Dr David Kilcullen
26 Oct 2016 SA: Current Issues Briefing - The Australian Air Campaign in the Middle East 2000-2016
25 Oct 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture 25 October 2016
19 Oct 2016 WA: An Evening with Mr Bob Jensen Senior Managing Director Strat3 LLC
13 Oct 2016 ACT: Contestability in Defence - Opportunities and Challenges
26 Sep 2016 NSW: Military History Seminar
22 Sep 2016 ACT: 2016 Annual Members' Dinner
08 Sep 2016 ACT: Annual General Meeting
08 Sep 2016 ACT: General Jim Mattis USMC (Retd)
07 Sep 2016 ACT: Naval History Workshop
05 Sep 2016 SA: RUSI SA Luncheon
31 Aug 2016 ACT: History Seminar Series: Western Front: Fromelles/Pozières and Beyond
30 Aug 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture The ADF Reserve Contribution to Australia’s defence
25 Aug 2016 WA: August 2016 Lecture Dr Leigh Straw - The Mental and Physical Scars of War
17 Aug 2016 ACT: Dusted Off with Brett Hunt
04 Aug 2016 ACT: Chief of Army - The Ryan Review
29 Jul 2016 ACT: An Evening Inspired by Bean
21 Jul 2016 ACT: Analysing the 2016 Defence White Paper
04 Jul 2016 SA: July Luncheon
09 Jun 2016 ACT: Order of Australia Association (ACT) 2016 ADF Oration
06 Jun 2016 Global Solution for Humanitarian Emergency Shelter and Storage
02 Jun 2016 ACT Lecture: Mr Bill Farmer AO
23 May 2016 RUSI of SA - Current Issues Briefing
11 May 2016 ACT Lecture: Mr Peter Baxter
30 Apr 2016 QLD Seminar Program
20 Apr 2016 QLD Lecture Program
22 Mar 2016 NSW - Speak, Time (Location)

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