Royal United Services Institute of Australia

RUSIDSS of the South Australia


The aim of the institute is to promote informed debate and to improve public awareness and understanding of defence and national security

Brief History

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) of South Australia was founded in Adelaide in the early days of Federation, and was flourishing by 1904. The original aim centred on improving the education of Service Officers by promoting the study of strategic and defence matters. A defence oriented library was established, which today contains a very fine collection.

The RUSI of South Australia is a Constituent Body of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia.

RUSI of South Australia Patron

(Photo; Govt House SA)

The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, is the Patron of the RUSI of SA.

The photograph shows His Excellency with his wife Mrs Lan Le.


PRESIDENT of RUSIDSS South Australia Mark Ryan MBA WGCDR (Retd) has forwarded the following link for your interest.

Highlights in the advancement of tactics.



November 6th, 2017 Luncheon

Phil Palmer

“What it is to be a paramedic (Ambo) in SA"

"The Challenges and Rewards"



October 9th, 2017 Luncheon

Senator Cory Bernardi

“A Conservative's View of Defence."



July, 2017 film Presentation

World War I " How it all happened"

Film Created and Voiced by

Charlotte Loipersberger

Year 9

Marryatville High School

170 Kensington Road, Marryatville, SA 5068

To access the 5:27 Minute film click on the title above.
Images sourced from:

RUSI of SA Newsletter

Click here for the Winter 2017 copy of the SA Newsletter "Sensor"

Click here for the Autumn 2017 copy of the SA Newsletter "Sensor"

Click here for the Autumn 2016 copy of the SA Newsletter "Sensor"

Click here for the Autumn 2015 copy of the SA Newsletter 'Sensor' 

Previous Events in SA 2017

4 September 2017, Dr Romain Fathi presented "A Different Perspective  of the First World War: The French Experience."

7 August 2017, Mr Aaron Cartledge, SA Secretary CFMEU and Mr Mr Max Adlam, Industrial Officer, United Firefighters Union, presented a report on " The Dangers posed to the Security of the Australian public by the importation and usage of faulty, foreign made, building products which often have false, covering documentation."

3 July 2017, Imam Mohammed Tawhidi, spoke on " The Danger to Australia posed by Muslim Exremists."

To download a copy of Imam Tawhidi's address kindly click on this link.

5 June 2017, Mr Chen Yonglin, Former Chinese Diplomat, spoke on "Exposing the Chinese Threat to Australia's Sovereignty."

27 May 2017, Dining-In Night, with official guests His Excellency The Hon Hieu Van Le AC Governor of South Australia and Patron of RISIDSS - SA and Mrs Lan Le was POSTPONED. A new date will be advised shortly.

1 May 2017, Senator Nick Xenophon, Senator for South Australia , spoke on: "Addressing the Adequacy of Australia's Defence & Security Systems" He was joined by Martin Hamilton-Smith MP Independent Member for Waite.

Photo: RUSI SA: L-R RUSI SA President AVM Brent Espeland AM (Retd), Senator Nick Xenophon and Martin Hamilton-Smith MP.

To download a copy of Senator Nick Xenophon's address kindly click on the link.

3 April 2017, Jody van Deventer, CEO Committee of Adelaide spoke on: " Future of Adelaide"

Previous Events in SA 2016

26 October 2016, AIRCDRE Chris 'Noddy' Sawade CSC RAAF (Retd),  spoke on: "The Australian Air Campaign in the Middle East" - 2000 to 2016

5 September 2016, AIRCDRE Roger Capps AM  spoke on: "Challenges of Returning with WW1 Veterans to Gallipoli and the Western Front for the 75s Anniversary Commemorations 1990 and 1993 - A medical perspective".

Previous Events in SA 2015

7 December 2015, Majors Trent Beilken and Alex Bearse, 7th Battalion spoke on: Reset to Ready: Training for Known and Unknown Contingencies and Operational Commitments

2 November 2015, 11.30 for 12 noon at Keswick Barracks. BRIG Rob Atkinson AM RFD spoke on: Military Medical Robots

12 October 2015, Mr John Murray APM, BA, LLB, MBA, GCLP spoke on: Militarism, Policing and the New Age of Terrorism

18 September 2015, we conducted our Annual Dining in Night in the presence of His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia and Patron of the RUSI of SA, and his wife Mrs Le.

7 September 2015, Mr David Gray, Chairman, Legacy Australia spoke on: Legacy Past, Present and Future and Need for Collaboration

6 July 2015, BRIG Rob Atkinson AM RFD, Vice President RUSI SA spoke on: Private Bosisto, the Debt and the Challenge

  (Photo: Wikipedia)

13 April 2015, WGCDR Mark Ryan, Dr John Bruni spoke on: Submarine Summit - Lessons Learned

Australia’s Future Submarines – RUSI Conference in Adelaide 25 & 26 March 2015

In a contribution to National Debate on the Future Australian Submarine Project, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) led a consortium conducting a National Conference to air the issues surrounding the new Australian Submarine. The conference was very well-supported by the RUSI of SA.

The Sub Summit website is at:

2 March 2015: CDRE Merv Davis AM (Retd), CEO, CEA Technologies spoke on: CEA – Delivering Capability

  (Photo: CEA)

2 February 2015: SQLDR Peter Tippner, Aircraft Research and Development Unit spoke on: ARDU and F/A-18 Operations

1 December 2014: Commodore John Tiffin CSM RAN, Resident Senior Naval Officer with the Air Warfare Destroyer spoke on: The current state and future direction of the Royal Australian Navy

  (Photo :RAN)

3 November 2014: WGCDR Tracy Douglas, CO No 1 Radar Surveillance Unit spoke on: Overview of the History of JORN and the current operation of the system

   (Photo: RAAF)

13 October 2014: Mr Bryan Fahy APM, Assistant Commissioner SA Police spoke on: Terrorism and The Real Threat

1 September 2014, CAPT Shane Casboult RAN of the AWD Program spoke on: A Naval Briefing Story of Significant Interest

11 August 2014, Dr Alexey Muraviev, Curtin University, spoke on: BATTLEFIELD UKRAINE 2014

4 August 2014 AVM Brent Espeland AM (Retd), President RUSI of SA spoke on: SECURITY ARCHITECTURE FOR THE AUSTRALIAN G20 SUMMIT 2014 - WHAT’S BEHIND IT?

  (RAAF Association Photo)

23 July 2014 - Annual RUSI of SA Annual Dining In Night

  (Photo: John Bruni)

SA President AVM Brent Espeland AM (Retd) presents past President COL David Stoba with his Life Membership Certificate

7 July 2014, COL Chris Burns spoke on: Future of Defence Industry in SA

2 June 2014 CMDR Andrei Ezergailis spoke onAustralia’s Future Submarine Capability

5 May 2014, WGCDR Mark Ryan (Retd) spoke on Orions, True Warriors of the Skies

14 April 2014, Mr Michael von Berg MC spoke on: Leadership in the Modern Australian Army. Michael served in the Army during the Vietnam War in the 5 RAR and served with that unit as the first Reconnaissance Platoon Commander in Vietnam during 66/67. He was awarded the Military Cross for his actions.

3 March 2014, Mr Guy Bowering spoke on: Close Air Support - Then, Now and into the Future – An Australian Prospective. Mr Bowering’s special interest in this topic stems from personal involvement in the first Gulf War in 1991.

On 2 September 2013, AVM Brent Espeland AM (Retd) spoke on: Five Seconds to Midnight - Whither our Air Force Strategy and Doctrine?

On Monday, 5 August 2013, Mr David Everitt, Member of the Veterans’ Health and Advisory Council spoke on:Lessons learned from the last 100 years and the role of the Veterans Health Advisory Council. David Everitt is the Deputy Presiding Member of the Veterans Health Advisory Council – SA Government.

On I July 2013, GPCAPT Reg Carruthers spoke on: 'De-mystifying the Woomera Prohibited Area". Reg is acting director of the Woomera Test Range, responsible for the conduct of trials in the Woomera Prohibited Area.

On 3 June 2013, Mr Tony Stimson, spoke on: 'South Australia’s Contribution to The Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902' Dr Tony Stimson, a historian is a member of the National Boer War Memorial Committee (SA).

On 6 May 2013, RUSI Vice President, John Bruni spoke on "Gender in Defence Leadership". Dr Bruni was the RUSI of SA representative to the recent RUSI/Defence Conference in Canberra which covered this topic. (See RUSI Home Page for details.)

On 8 April 2013, Mr Greg Nettleton Chief Officer of the SA Country Fire Service spoke on 'The CFS - Fighting Another Kind of War'

On 4 March 2013 Detective Superintendant Graham Goodwin spoke on 'Police Intelligence.' Lieutenant Colonel Goodwin is a Superintendent in the South Australia Police Force (SAPOL) and the Officer in Charge of the State Intelligence Branch.

On 4 February 2013, Mr Bill Denny AM the Director of Veterans SA spoke on 'The Role of Veterans SA and the Centenary of ANZAC.'

On 3 December, 2012, Dr Pamela Schulz spoke on the topic: 'Who is defending Defence? An examination of current media’

On 6 August 2012 Professor Sandy McFarlane, Head Centre for Military and Veterans' Health at the University of Adelaide spoke on: Dealing with Mental Health in the ADF.

On 30 July 2012 Mr Neil James, Executive Director, Australia Defence Association, spoke on 'Current strategic and political drivers for Defence', providing insights into the current state of Defence in the nation at the strategic and political level.

On 2 July 2012 Mrs Heather Dodd spoke on 'Nursing on Military Operations: A Comparison with Public Hospitals.'

RUSI of SA Publications

Previous Newsletters January 2004 to now can be downloaded below:

2004 Vol 390 Jun, Vol 391 Aug,Vol 392 Oct, Vol 393 Dec

2005 Vol 395 Feb, Vol 396 Apr, Vol 397 Jun, Vol 398 Aug,Vol 399 Oct, Vol 400 Dec

2006 Vol 401 Jan, Vol 402 Apr, Vol 403 Jul, Vol 404 Sep,Vol 405 Nov, Vol 406 Dec

2007 Vol 407 Feb, Vol 408 Apr, Vol 409 Jun, Vol 410 Aug, Vol 411 Oct, Vol 412 Dec

2008 Vol 413 Feb, Vol 414 Apr, Vol 415 Jun, Vol 416 Aug, Vol 417 Oct, Vol 418 Dec

2009 Vol 419 Feb, Vol 420 Apr, Vol 421 Jun, Vol 422 Aug, Vol 423 Oct, Vol 424 Dec

2010 Vol 425 Feb, Vol 426 Apr, Vol 427 Jun, Vol 428 Aug, Vol 429 Oct, Vol 430 Dec

2011 Vol 431 Feb, Vol 432 Apr, Vol 433 Jun, Vol 434 Aug, Vol 435 Oct, Vol 436 Dec

2012 Vol 437 Feb, Vol 438 Apr, Vol 439 Jun, Vol 440 Aug, Vol 441 Oct, Vol 442 Dec

2013 Vol 443 Feb, Vol 444 Apr, Vol 445 Jun, Vol 446 Sep, Vol 447 Oct, Vol 448 Dec

2014 Vol 449 Feb, Vol 450 Apr, Vol 451 Jun, Vol 452 Aug, Vol 453 Oct, Vol 454 Dec

2015 Vol 455 Feb, Vol 456 Apr, Vol 457 Jun, Vol 458

RUSIDSS-A Contact details:
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