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The RUSI Qld holds lecture meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the months February through to November. All persons in sympathy with the aims of the Institute and all Service Personnel whether serving, in Reserve or Retired are always welcome at RUSI Lectures, irrespective of whether they are members. Guests are most welcome.

Lectures will be at the United Service Club during 2015.  There is parking available behind the club with the entrance off Upper Edward Street.  The Club is a short walk from Central Railway Station.  A cash bar will be open if you require drinks before or after the lecture.  USC dress Standards for the USC should be observed: men: long or short sleeved buttoned shirt, tailored trousers, with business shoes; women: Skirt or pant suit, jacket/blouse with skirt or tailored trousers or a dress. You can register by




Royal United Service Institute Queensland Incorporated
Promoting Australia’s National Security & Defence
A Constituent Body of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia

Wednesday 23 August 2017
RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks
12:00 noon for 12:30pm

The Modern IED Threat

Major Matthew Marcinkewycz
Officer Commanding 20 EOD Squadron

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are a pervasive threat on the asymmetric battleground. They have been used throughout modern military history with varying effectiveness. They are a relatively low cost and easily constructed weapon, capable of tactical and strategic results.
During the second Iraq War, IEDs were reportedly responsible for 63% of coalition forces KIA. The configuration of IEDs is only limited by the capability and imagination of the of the “bomb builder”. Accordingly, there can be no step-by-step guide to the detection and disarming of these devices. Therefore, explosive ordnance disposal personnel must be well trained to render these devices safe and dispose of it. Obviously, this is challenging work and MAJ Marcinkewycz will provide insight into Australia’s capability in this area.

Access to Victoria Barracks Brisbane requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their name checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall.

Your attendance will also be registered with base security.
All persons in sympathy with the aims of the Institute and all Service Personnel whether serving, in Reserve or Retired, are always welcome at RUSI lectures.

The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members and visitors.
To register please phone secretary Jacqui Page: Mobile 0421 667 629 or register by
Email: soon as possible



RUSIQ has cancelled a Half-Day Seminar on Friday, 1 September 2017, in the RUSI Hall on the topic of:

"The Sovereignty Dispute over the South China Sea"



Tues 1 August - Lieutenant Colonel Rick Maher: “Gallantry –v- Leadership, a comparison of these attributes, using the careers of three Allied Aviation VC Winners: The Western Front, 1916 to 1918.”



Tues 1 August - : Australia’s Amphibious Forces

Wed 16 March - Captain Paul D Johnstone (Ret’d): In (Cyber) Space No One Can Hear You Scream – Defence of the Digital Spectrum

Wed 20 April - Major Ross Eastgate, OAM (Ret’d): The Arab-Israeli Wars 1967-82 - A UN Observer’s Story

Wed 18 May - CMDR Peter Tedman RAN Senior Naval Officer South Queensland:Naval Development of Bulimba and its Current/Future Role

Wed 15 June - AIRCDRE Peter Growder (Ret’d): The F111 – A Backbone in Australia’s Strategic Defence Over 40 Years




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Peter McDermott,             Company Secretary RUSIDSS-A.

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