Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

Events

    • 01 May 2017
    • 11:30 - 14:00
    • Torrens Parade Ground
    • 48

    RUSIDSS-SA
    1st May, 2017
    Luncheon

    Your Invitation
    Presented by the Royal United Services Institute – South Australia, a not-for-profit organization,
    established to inform the public on important and significant defence and security matters.

    A Presentation by:
    Senator Nick Xenophon
    “Addressing the adequacy of Australia’s Defence &
    Security Systems”


    Date: Monday 1 May 2017
    Time: 11.30 for 12.00 noon – 2pm
    Where: The Combined Ex-Services Mess Association SA Inc
    Torrens Parade Ground

    Dress Code: Business Attire/Neat Casual
    Cost: $35.00 non-members ($30.00 for members)
    which includes a two course meal and attendance at the talk.
    Lecture only at 1PM - $5 donation
    Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase.
    RSVP by 3pm Friday, 28 Apr 17 on 8305 6378 or email rusikes@bigpond.com to secure your seat.
    We look forward to seeing you at this event and being a part of the briefing.
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    • 01 May 2017
    • 12:00 - 14:30
    • Torrens Parade Ground

    A Presentation by:

    Senator Nick Xenophon

    “Addressing the Adequacy of Australia’s Defence & Security Systems”

    • 03 May 2017
    • 12:00 - 14:30
    • Ngunnawal Theatre, Building R1, Russell

    USI of the ACT, in partnership with the Australian Naval Institute, is pleased to present a seminar with two eminent German scholars, Prof Dr Michael Epkenhans and Dr. Gerhard P. Groß.

    Biographies are linked in the speaker names above.

    Program:  

    1210 – 1255:  Professor Dr Michael Epkenhans  - German Maritime Security in the 20th Century

    1300 - 1315: Light lunch

    1320 - 1400: Colonel Dr Gerhard Gross: Myth & Reality of German Warfare Operational thinking - Moltke the Elder to Heusinger

    1405: Panel session Q & A – Both Historians

    1425: Close of Seminar

    This seminar is an outstanding opportunity to explore historical perspectives on the German armed forces in the 20th century.  This will be of particular interest to students of naval history and those with a passion for the operational art.

    Note;  Defence passes are not required for access to the Ngunnawal Theatre

    • 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)


    Special Note:  Commissioner Colvin's presentation will be preceded by a short presentation and Q&A on Land Operations in the Middle East with a recently returned Australian Army officer, Colonel Andrew Lowe, AM. This session will be conducted in the ADC Mess, commencing at 1725 hours and concluding at 1745 sharp. Come along a little early, do some networking, and take advantage of this rare opportunity to engage a veteran of contemporary operations.  Don't miss this one!

    • 05 Jun 2017
    • 16:50
    • Rowell Theatre, Military Instruction Block, Royal Military College Duntroon

    In partnership with the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the USI of the ACT is delighted to announce a presentation entitled Looking Ahead: the Australian Army out to 2025, by the Head of Army's Land Capability Division, Major General Kath Toohey CSC, to be held at Duntroon on Monday 5 June 2017, commencing at 1650 hours.

    In a novel format, Major General Toohey will address USI members and guests and the cadets of the current RMC First Class in the Rowell Theatre.  Following questions, members, guests and cadets are invited to move to the Cadets Mess for discussion and networking until 1800, when the cadets will return to their routine duties.

    Kath Toohey joined the Australian Army in 1987.  She was promoted to the rank of Major General and assumed her current appointment in December 2016.  You can read her full biography here.  (Photo: Defence)

    USI of the ACT gratefully acknowledges the enthusiasm and support of Brigadier Mark Brewer CSC & Bar, the Commandant of the Royal Military College, in developing and presenting this unique event.

    • 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)

    • 07 Sep 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    The USI of the ACT 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held in the Spender Theatre at the Australian Defence College on Thursday 7 September 2017, commencing at 1800 hours.

    Papers for the meeting will be posted on the RUSIDSS-A website no later than 17 August 2017.

    The following Council positions will be open at the conclusion of current two year terms:

    • President
    • Secretary
    • Council Member x 1
    The following Council positions will be open due to casual vacancies arising during the year:
    • Deputy President
    • Council Member x 1

    Members wishing to nominate an individual for a Council position must forward a completed Nomination Form to the Secretary by close of business on Thursday 10 August 2017.

    All USI members are strongly encouraged to attend the AGM. please register here.  Apologies may be sent to the Secretary via the USI office: T: 6266 3446; E; support@rusi.org.au.

    Please Note: the ADC Mess will be open for networking from 1700 hours.


    • 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 year' s event will be Ms Kathryn Campbell CSCSecretary of the Department of Human Services. Ms Campbell will address the Department's contribution to human security in Australia.

    Ticket prices.  USI Members and their first guest: $65/head; non-members: $100/head.  Price includes 3 course meal, pre-dinner music and drinks, and drinks during dinner.

    Registration. Registration is open now for members and their first guest; registration for non-members will open on 1 September 2017.  Register here.

    Dress. Service personnel: Winter Mess Dress; civilian and retired service personnel: Black Tie with Miniatures.  

    (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

06 Apr 2017 ACT: Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Navy: The Royal Australian Navy: The Next Three Years
03 Apr 2017 SA: Jodie van Deventer- CEO Committee of Adelaide - "Future for Adelaide"
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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