United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory
Our Next Event
Thursday 30 November: Christmas Drinks
The Council of USI of the ACT is pleased to announce the Institute's Annual Christmas Drinks, to be held at the Officers Mess of the Australian Defence Force Academy from 1700-1900 hours on Thursday 30 November 2017.
This event provides an opportunity for members and guests to network in a relaxed social setting while marking the close of a successful 2017 program and looking forward to an exciting 2018.
Tickets are once again just $10 per head. This price includes snacks and drinks.
Registration is now open here.
Do come along and mark the end of another great USI year!
Our Last Event
Wednesday 22 November: 2017 ACT Blamey Oration
On Wednesday 22 November, former United States Army general, best-selling author and founder of the McChrystal Group, Stan McChrystal, delivered the 2017 ACT Blamey Oration at the National Gallery of Australia.
General McChrystal spoke about "Leading in Uncertainty". More detailed reports will follow in coming days.
The 2017 ACT Blamey Oration was proudly sponsored by L3 Communications Australia, the Australian Army, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Department of Defence.
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, have explored in detail the 2016 White Paper's theme of Australia's security in the region. We presented a number of speakers expert in this field, including an academic perspective and a range of policy practitioners. Beyond this principal theme, we presented 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 heard a quite different 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.