Royal United Services Institute of Australia

United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory

2015 USI of the ACT Past Events

26 November 2015: We celebrated another successful year, and farewelled our long-serving Assistant Secretary Mrs Denise Thompson. Thanks Denise!

RUSI Photo: Treasurer David Wade, Bill and Denise Thompson, Pres Mick Crane, VP Vern Gallagher

5 November 2015: Gai Brodtmann and Zed Seselja spoke on: The politics of Defence

Photos: Gai Brodtmann/ Zed Seselja/USI of ACT

You can download a copy of Ms Brodtmann's presentation by clicking here

21 October 2015 Mr Bruce Armstrong, CEO Aspen Medical spoke on: Civil Military Operations - West Africa Ebola Response

Canberra-based healthcare provider Aspen Medical was at the centre of Australia's efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Australian government contracted the Deakin-based firm to staff a 100-bed British-built Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, at a cost of up to $20 million. Aspen Medical set up a clinic in Liberia's capital Monrovia, about 350 kilometres from Sierra Leone, several months before the Ebola outbreak with staff helping to provide frontline care as the nation's healthcare system struggled to treat non-Ebola related conditions.

23 September 2015 we had a most successful USI of ACT Annual Dinner with distinguished guest speaker, MAJGEN Duncan Lewis AO, DSC, CSC (Retd).

   (Photo: PM&C)

You can see photos in City News - click this link

16 September 2015, ANU Visiting Professor Clive Williams MG spoke in R1-Theatrette on: North Korea – A First Hand Perspective

Clive spoke on impressions gained from a visit this year to the DPRK. The visit involved flying into Pyongyang, spending several days in Pyongyang - including Army Day, travelling by road to Kaesong and the DMZ in the south, taking the train north from Pyongyang to Sinuiju and travelling east by road, then crossing the border into China at Dandong and travelling along the Yalu River where the Chinese army crossed into Korea in 1950.

   (RUSI Photo: President Mike Crane and Professor Williams)

10 September 2015, we had our Annual General Meeting

  (Photo: USI of the ACT)

Treasurer David Wade, Secretary Jeremy Stredwick and President Mike Crane

27 August 2015:  Mr Peter Howman, Managing Director of Defence Housing Australia, spoke on "Defence Housing Australia - Future Direction".

6 August 2015:   Mr Michael Pezzullo, Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, spoke on "Immigration and Border Protection: The National Security Dimension".

(Photo: DIBP)

22 July 2015:  Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Buckhorn APM, Commander Mark Harrison MBE and Dr Simon Walsh spoke on "Policing in a War Zone: the MH17 Recovery Operation in Eastern Ukraine".

2 July 2015: Mr Neil James, Executive Director of the Australian Defence Association, spoke on "The political processes underlying defence decision-making".

(Photo: ADA)

17 June:  His Excellency Mr Enrique Viguera, Ambassador of Spain, spoke on "The bi-lateral Defence industrial relationship between Spain and Australia".

(Photo: Embassy of Spain)

4 June:  Our Patron, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil) CVO MC (Retd), spoke on "Global food and water security - Australia's opportunity to contribute positively".

(Photo: Government House)

20 May:  Prof Andrew Blakers, ANU, spoke on "Alternative Energy Sources for the ADF".


15 April:  Brigadier Phil Winter AM CSC spoke on "Centenary of Anzac Program and Highlights".

18 March:  Air Chief Marshal Binskin AC, Chief of Defence Force, spoke on "A view from the Top".

5 March - Adjunct Professor Clive Williams MG spoke on: The Threat from Islamic State

(Photo: ANU)

19 February:  Mr Neil Greet & Professor Ken Baldwin spoke on "Future Energy Security of Australia".


(Photos: Neil Greet & Ken Baldwin)

5 February:   Mr Arthur Heather, AMSA, spoke on "The National SAR Organisation and some insights on MH370"

(Photo: AMSA)

Contact details:
USI of the ACT is located in Canberra. For further information please contact:

Secretary USI of the ACT Inc.
CP3-1-157 Campbell Park Office


Mail address: 
Australia Post Mail to:
CP3-1-157 PO Box 7912 CANBERRA BC ACT 2610

Membership and Treasurer enquiries:

Tel: 0410 496 721


ABN: 69 739 962 119

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