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The Leo Mahony Bursary is a significant element of the USI program. It is awarded annually to a doctoral scholar enrolled in an ACT university and studying in the field of national security and defence. It commemorates the memory and service of Founding National Secretary of RUSI-A and long-time USI member and Counsellor, Mr Leo Mahony.
Connecting recipients with USI members is an important element of the Bursary. We achieve this in a number of ways: recipients are presented with their award at our Annual Members Dinner; appointed Honorary members for 12 months; and invited to attend our events and functions. They are also asked to give a presentation on their work.
In 2016, two Bursaries were awarded, and the Council is delighted to announce that the recipients will talk about their work at the Defence College on Thursday 23 March.
Mr Cameron Hawker from the UNSW Canberra will speak on his project, Australian Prime Ministers and the Australian - American Alliance 1951 - 2001: Crisis Points and Political Decision Making.
Major Leon Young, also from UNSW Canberra, will talk about his work, entitled Developing Computational Strategic Thinking Models.
Each will speak for about 15-20 minutes, followed by questions. Council strongly encourages all members to turn out to support this important event.
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