The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia (RUSIDSS-A) is an independent public research and education association which seeks to enhance understanding of defence and national security within Australia and internationally.
A federation of seven independent state and territory United Services Institutes, RUSIDSS-A serves as their national peak body and they are referred to as RUSIDSS-A's constituent bodies. The federation's research and educational activities mostly are regionally-based and are undertaken and delivered by the constituent bodies. The national body, however, provides some common educational services such as its quarterly professional journal, United Service.
RUSIDSS-A is constituted as a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and is a registered charity. Mostly through its constituent bodies, it provides research, education and related services through its library services, websites, journals and periodicals, regular presentations, conferences and seminars, and visits to military installations.
RUSIDSS-A 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 conflicts, developments in military science and technology, and other aspects of defence and security as they relate to Australia now and into the future. Through the constituent bodies, it has members in all states and the Australian Capital Territory. They include serving and retired members of the Australian Defence Force, civilian defence and security professionals, and other citizens interested in defence and national security.
Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in defence and national security. Members join one of the constituent bodies, and you can do so through this website, or directly with one of the state or territory bodies.