Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia


    • 05 Oct 2017
    • 16:00 - 17:00
    • Ngunnawal Theatre, Building R1, Russell

    The Council is delighted to announce a presentation by the Executive Director of the Australian Civil-Military Centre, Dr Alan Ryan, to be held in the Ngunnawal Theatre, Buildng R1, Russell, commencing at 1600 hours on Thursday 5 October 2017.  You can read Dr Ryan's biography here.

    The Australian Civil-Military Centre is a small, but significant, interagency organisation that is a part of the Australian Defence Force Headquarters and works to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force. Though an integral part of Defence, its mission is to support Australian Government departments and agencies to prepare for, prevent and respond to conflicts and disasters overseas. It works across the Australian government, with international government counterparts, international and non-government organisations and the private sector. It builds operational preparedness through concept development, multiagency exercise support, education and training and whole of government lessons-learned.  

    In this presentation Dr Ryan will discuss how the Centre’s work supports the development of national capability and how the implementation of the national Integrated Approach to operations is a strategic game-changer.

    (Photo: ACMC)

    • 09 Oct 2017
    • 11:30 - 14:00
    • The Combined Ex-Services Mess Torrens Parade Ground Adelaide



    9th October, 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 Cory Bernardi

    “A Conservative’s View of Defence.”

    Date:  Monday 9 October 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 for Lecture or Luncheon by 3pm Friday 6th October 17 on 8305 6378 or email to secure your seat.

    We look forward to seeing you at this event and being a part of the briefing.

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    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    One of the most difficult challenges in post-conflict societies is the establishment of systems to replace the rule of the gun - in other words, the creation of effective policing capabilities.

    In this presentation, Dr Tony Murney will reflect on his experiences as a United Nations policing advisor in Afghanistan and Somalia.  Police development and reform provide the platform for a discussion designed to provide insights for policy analysts, tacticians and strategists, both past and future.

    Before working with the UN, Tony Murney was a senior manager in the International Deployment Group of the Australian Federal Police.  You can read his biography here.

    Please join us for networking before the presentation in the ADC Mess from 1700 hours.

    (Photo: Murney)

    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 19:00 - 23:00
    • National Gallery of Australia
    Registration is closed

    The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory and the Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial Fund are pleased to announce that the 2017 ACT Blamey Oration will be delivered by former United States Army general, best-selling author and founder of the McChrystal Group, Stan McChrystal.

    This special event will be held at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, on Wednesday 22 November 2017 at 1900 for 1930 hours.

    The topic for the Oration has not yet been confirmed, but the working title is "Leading in Uncertainty".

    Ticket prices will include pre-dinner drinks, a three course dinner and wine at the table.

    Registration details will be announced shortly, but please save the date.

    Members please note: spouses, partners and other guests are most welcome, but there is no "first guest at member price" discount for this event; your non-member guests will need to join USI of the ACT to secure the member price or be registered at the non-member price.

    Due to protocols at this venue, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations after 17 November.

    Dress for this event is lounge suit.


    The 2017 ACT Blamey Oration is proudly sponsored by L3 Communications Australia, the Australian Army and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Past events

21 Sep 2017 ACT: 2017 Annual Members' Dinner: Ms Kathryn Campbell CSC, Secretary of the Department of Human Services: Securing our systems and data
13 Sep 2017 QLD: CAPT David L O Hayward (Retd) - " The Sovereignty Dispute in the South China Sea, Economic Considerations for the Military & Economic Security of Australia"
07 Sep 2017 ACT: 2017 Annual General Meeting
05 Sep 2017 QLD: Diane Melloy - " The Boys of Brisbane Grammar School, Soldiers of the Queen and the King, to the Boer War and to the Great War."
04 Sep 2017 SA: September Luncheon Speaker - Dr Romain Fathi " A different perspective on the First World War: The Frence Experience."
23 Aug 2017 QLD: MAJ Matthew Marcinkewycz - The Modern IED Threat
22 Aug 2017 ACT: Conference: The Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges
10 Aug 2017 ACT: Hon Dan Tehan MP: Cyber Security
07 Aug 2017 SA: August Luncheon
01 Aug 2017 QLD: 2017 LTCOL Rick Maher: "Gallantry -v- Leadership"
13 Jul 2017 ACT: Mr Scott Dewar, First Assistant Secretary International Policy, Department of Defence
03 Jul 2017 SA: Luncheon Speaker July - Imam Mohammed Tawhidi - "The Danger to Australia posed by Muslim Extremists"
29 Jun 2017 ACT: Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC, Chief of Air Force: The Royal Australian Air Force: The Next Three Years
05 Jun 2017 ACT: Major General Kath Toohey CSC, Head Land Capability: Looking Ahead: the Australian Army out to 2025
05 Jun 2017 SA: June Luncheon Speaker : Chen Yonglin, Former Chinese Diplomat : "Exposing the Chinese threat to Australia's Sovereignty"
11 May 2017 ACT: Commissioner Andrew Colvin, APM, OAM: Australian Federal Police Operations in the Near Region
05 May 2017 WA: Invitation to Notre Dame Book Launch - "1915: Australians at War and on the Home Front" Edited by Daniel Baldino and Mike Brennan
03 May 2017 ACT: Seminar on German Maritime Security and Operational Thinking: Prof Dr Michael Epkenhans & COL Dr Gerhard Gross
01 May 2017 SA: Senator Nick Xenophon - Luncheon Speaker 1 May 2017 “Addressing the Adequacy of Australia’s Defence & Security Systems” -
01 May 2017 SA: LATE NEWS - INVITATION to LUNCHEON with Senator Nick Xenophon Senator for South Australia and Martin Hamilton-Smith MP JP - South Australian Minister for Defence Industries
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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