Royal United Services Institute of Australia

United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory

Our Next Event

Thursday 5 October

Dr Alan Ryan: The Australian Civil-Military Centre

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)

Our Last Event

Thursday 21 September: Annual Members' Dinner

On Thursday 21 September, the Institute's 2017 Annual Members' Dinner, was held at the Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla.

Almost 100 members and guests gathered to enjoy each other's company and hear guest speaker, Ms Kathryn Campbell CSC.  Kathryn had very recently commenced as the Secretary of the Department of Social Services, but spoke about system and data security in her previous appointment as Secretary of the Department of Human Services.  In a fascinating address, she painted a grim picture of the cyber situation and outlined some of the measures the Department has taken in response.  Kathryn's description of the detail of an agency-level response was a perfect complement to Minister Tehan's presentation a few weeks ago on cyber security as seen through the Government's lens.

During the dinner, the Leo Mahony Bursary was presented to Ms Deborah Jeppesen, a doctoral scholar at ANU.  Deborah's research is centred on asking How do Australian Defence Force personnel explain the behaviours they employ in Raise, Train and Assist roles?  In addition to the $5000 Bursary, Deborah received Honorary Membership of USI of the ACT for 12 months and will be invited to address members at one of our regular events through the year.

As ever, we are very grateful to Thales Australia for sponsoring the dinner, Rolls Royce for supporting the Leo Mahony Bursary and the President of the Commonwealth Club for providing access to the Club's wonderful facilities.

President's Message

Major General Mike Crane DSC & Bar AM (Retd)


The USI of the ACT is committed to presenting a compelling program of activities, delivering value for stakeholders, and modelling best-practice governance.

In 2017, we are exploring in detail the 2016 White Paper's theme of Australia's security in the region.  We will present a number of speakers expert in this field, including an academic perspective and a range of policy practitioners.  Beyond this principal theme, we will present a selection of senior officials to hear updates on their agencies.  And we will continue to seize opportunities to engage other relevant speakers as they present.  We also continue to broaden the focus of our national security considerations - for example, we will hear a human security perspective at our annual dinner from Secretary of the Department of Human Security, Ms Kathryn Campbell CSC.

From a Council point of view, 2017 is a year of consolidating the changes we have made to our governance. We continue to work hard to implement the reforms identified in our 2015 strategic review.

About the USI of the ACT

The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory (USI of the ACT)  aims to promote understanding of national security and defence issues.  Membership is open to all who have an interest in national security and defence.  We host a program of guest speaker presentations, usually once each month, and offer an annual bursary to an ACT-based doctoral scholar.  

Our Patron is Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd).  You can read his biography here.

Our next speaker can be found at "What's On", and a record of previous presentations can be found under "Transcripts" and Past Events.

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USI of the ACT is located in Canberra. For further information please contact:

LTCOL Richard Maurice
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