United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory
Our Next Event
Thursday 26 October
Dr Tony Murney: Police Development Challenges in Afghanistan and Somalia: A Personal Perspective
One of the most difficult challenges in post-conflict societies is the establishment of systems to replace the rule of the gun - in other words, the creation of effective policing capabilities.
In this presentation, Dr Tony Murney will reflect on his experiences as a United Nations policing advisor in Afghanistan and Somalia. Police development and reform provide the platform for a discussion designed to provide insights for policy analysts, tacticians and strategists, both past and future.
Before working with the UN, Tony Murney was a senior manager in the International Deployment Group of the Australian Federal Police. You can download his biography here.
This presentation will be held in the Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek, commencing at 1800 hours. You can register here or by calling our office on 02 6266 3446. Please join us for networking before the presentation in the ADC Mess from 1700 hours.
Members and guests are reminded that photo identification is required for access to the Defense College campus. Please allow adequate time to clear security checks.
Our Last Event
Thursday 5 October
Dr Alan Ryan: The Australian Civil-Military Centre
On Thursday 5 October, at R1, the Executive Director of the Australian Civil-Military Centre, Dr Alan Ryan, briefed members and guests about the Centre and spoke about his views on the need for further development in the whole of government arena.
Alan explained how the Centre’s work supports the development of national capability and how the implementation of the national Integrated Approach to operations is a strategic game-changer.
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, we are exploring in detail the 2016 White Paper's theme of Australia's security in the region. We will present a number of speakers expert in this field, including an academic perspective and a range of policy practitioners. Beyond this principal theme, we will present 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 will hear a human security 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.