Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia


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About the RUSIDSS of Australia:

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia (RUSIDSS-A) aims to provide and promote a professional and balanced informed debate to improve public awareness and understanding of defence and national security.

The Institute is grateful to receive funding and other valued support from the Department of Defence in this mission.  We also receive financial support from our National Sponsor Rolls-Royce.

RUSIDSS-A is a federation of independently constituted state and territory chapters, headquartered in Canberra, ACT. It is a non-profit organisation registered with the ACNC and is a Company limited by Guarantee managed by ACNC and ASIC. It provides educational, research and related services through its library services, website, journals and periodicals, regular presentations, conferences and seminars and visits to military installations. It has a long tradition of serving the community by promoting a better understanding of defence and national security.  This includes an understanding of Australian defence strategy, contemporary and historic conflict, developments in military science and technology and all aspects of defence and security as they relate to Australia now and into the future. It has several thousand members in all states and the ACT and include serving and retired members of the Australian Defence Force and other interested in defence and national security.

RUSIDSS-A State Members and Directors at the Annual General Meeting 2017

L-R Ian Errington AM CSC, Peter Mapp, Paul Irving AM PSM, Anker Brodersen CSC, Rob Atkinson AM RFD, Peter McDermott AM CSC, Mike O'Brien CSC, Alec Young RFD, Simon Cullen AM CSC, Neil James, Graham Bentley AM, Dr John Bruni, Mike Brennan, Herbert Michaelis, Steve Meekin AM

Membership is open to all who have an interest in national security and defence.  Members join one of the constituent Bodies, and can do so through this website, or directly with one of the state bodies.  State bodies conduct an extensive program of guest speaker presentations and other activities.

National President's Message:

Rear Admiral Simon Cullen AM CSC (Retd)

Our national body, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Australia, Limited, was established nearly two years ago and since that time the Board has focused on bedding down governance for the company and charting a ay forward. The Board members are:

•Rear Admiral Simon Cullen, AM, CSC (Retd) – chair;

•Air Commodore Anker Brodersen, CSC (RAAFAR) – deputy chair;

•Air Commodore Graham Bentley, AM (Retd) – non-executive director;

•Dr John Bruni – non-executive director;

•Ms Meaghan D’Arcy – non-executive director;

•Major General Steve Meekin AO(Retd) – non-executive director; and

•Captain Paul Willee QC – non-executive director.

In recent months we have received very helpful input from some State Constituent Bodies on their views regarding the way forward for the company. Key tasks include:

• ensuring that the company remains financially viable;

• actively liaising with the Department of Defence and other government departments and agencies;

• providing shared services for and co-ordination between Constituent Bodies;

• maintaining links with our counterparts overseas – the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies(United Kingdom), the United Service Institution of India, and the Royal United Services Institutes of the Canadian provinces; and

• leading events (such as conferences and symposia) where practicable and appropriate.

We have made good progress in many of these areas, but much more needs to be done. The growing use of the national website by Constituent Bodies is encouraging, with the United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory leading the way in management of events and sharing of information with members.

The company has also accepted responsibility for distribution of this United Service journal on behalf of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, New South Wales. Every member throughout Australia now receives the journal as part of their membership entitlement. All our Constituent Bodies continue to offer varied and interesting programs designed to promote understanding of Defence and national security issues If you are reading this and have not yet had the chance to attend one of our events around the country, I urge you to do so.

Simon Cullen

Recent Events of National Interest:



RUSIDSS NSW Library Surplus Book Sale

Interested RUSI Members, Service Members and the Public are encouraged to examine the attached list and attached list No2 of surplus military books which are for sale at very reasonable prices. Surplus office furniture is also offered here.The proceeds will go towards the movement of the RUSIDSS NSW Library to the Hyde Park Memorial. Interested persons may contact Vice President John Hutcheson at 02 93932325 or .

RUSI of NSW Monthly Newsletter

RUSI of NSW generates a monthly Newsletter for RUSI NSW Members and non-members. We are now offering this to visitors to the national website. Back copies will be made available in the future. Contact 02 9393 2325/ for more information.

Click here to download a copy

RUSI of Queensland's "The Brisbane Line"

RUSI of Queensland publishes its magazine "The Brisbane Line" for their Members and Guests.

Brisbane Line Vol 6 Issue 3 September 2018

Brisbane Line Vol 6 Issue 2 July 2018

Brisbane Line Vol 6 Issue 1 April 2018

Brisbane Line Vol 5 Issue 4 December 2017

Brisbane Line Vol 5 Issue 3 September 2017

RUSI of SA Newsletter

RUSI of SA publishes and promotes National Security and Defence through its Newsletter "Sensor". Back copies are available by contacting the Editor.

"The Sensor" RUSIDSS-SA Current Winter 467 Newsletter

"The Sensor" RUSIDSS-SA Spring 466 Newsletter

"The Sensor" RUSI-SA 2017 Winter 465 Newsletter

"The Sensor" RUSI-SA 2017 Autumn 464 Newsletter

RUSI of Tasmania's Gazette

RUSI of Tasmania issues the Gazette to inform Members and their guests of forthcoming events, presentations and Papers delivered at their functions. Please see below for their latest details.

RUSI Tasmania Gazette Vol 3-2018

RUSI Tasmania Gazette Vol 2-2018                                                                                                                     

RUSI Tasmania Gazette  Vol 1-2017

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter

RUSI of Victoria issues a Newsletter from time to time through their website. Their latest is located below.

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 17 Issue 1 March 2018

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 16  issue 3 October 2017 

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 16 issue 2 June 2017

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 16 issue 1 March 2017

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter September 2018 Edition

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter August 2018 Edition

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter July 2018 Edition

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter March 2018 Edition

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter January 2018 Edition

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RUSIDSS-A Contact details:
Peter McDermott, Company Secretary. Herbert (Mickey) Michaelis,  National Support Manager and Hon Treasurer.            Queries on website and membership:

Mail address: 
CP3-1-155 PO Box 7912 CANBERRA BC ACT 2610. Telephone: 02 6266 3446.

Special Thanks: 
The RUSIDSS-A of Australia gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Defence for its continuing assistance.

Queries on website and membership: 
Our major sponsor, Rolls-Royce Australia, underwrites the production of this website.

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