Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia


RUSI National Video Theatre

Seminar 23 November 2021 1300-1700 (NSW)
Subject: Island Australia - Improving Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Region

The aim of the RUSI of NSW Major 2021 Seminar is to provide a deliberate ADF related focus to our 2021 Lecture Theme of "Improving Resilience with a Defence and Security Studies Context", by enabling senior ADF and selected other speakers to provide both an overview of the current situation and, where appropriate, suggestions for action.

The video record of the proceedings is split in two. The first segment covers the introduction followed contributions by Australian Defence Force representatives. The second segment covers the input by Australian Industry and Academic representatives.

Part 1 - DEFENCE

1 hour, 37 minutes, 22 seconds


1 hour, 46 minutes, 27 seconds

In Part 1 - DEFENCE, you will hear from:

Welcome: President RUSI NSW Professor Michael Hough AM RFD ED

Moderator: MAJGEN Paul Irving AM PSM RFD, RUSI NSW Immediate Past President RUSI NSW

Formal Opening: Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW


The Contribution of RAN to Improving Resilience
Commander Australian Fleet: RADM Mark Hammond AM RAN

The Contribution of Forces Command to Improving Resilience
Commander Forces Command: MAJGEN Matt Pearce AM

The Contribution of RAAF to Improving Resilience
RAAF Air Commander: AVM Joe Iervasi AM CSC

The Contribution of ADF to Civil Resilience
Comd 2 Div: MAJGEN David Thomae AM

Panel Session: Q&A

In Part 2 - INDUSTRY and ACADEMIA, you will hear from:

Moderator: MAJGEN Paul Irving RUSI NSW Immediate Past President RUSI NSW


NSW Defence Industry Strategy and Resilience
NSW Defence Advocate: AVM Kym Osley AM CSC (Ret'd)

The Contribution of NSW Based Industry to Improving Resilience
CEO of Thales Australia and NZ: Mr Chris Jenkins

The Contribution of Universities and Research in Improving Resilience
Vice Chancellor of University of Newcastle (and previous Chief Defence Scientist): Prof Alex Zelinsky AO

Panel Session: Q&A

Concluding Comments and Thanks
President RUSI NSW Professor Michael Hough

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