Royal United Services Institute of Australia

United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory

Our Next Event

Thursday 29 June

Chief of Air Force: Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC

Air Marshal Leo Davies was appointed Chief of the Air Force on 4 July 2015. During his tenure, the Air Force will introduce new platforms and, perhaps more importantly, new ways of thinking about Air Power.

On Thursday 29 June, Air Marshal Davies will address members and guests of the USI of the ACT on Air Force: the Next Three Years. The presentation will be held in the Spender Theatre at the Australian Defence College, Weston Creek.  Come along and listen to what promises to be a fascinating insight into Air Force's plans for the future. Register here.

Please note start time of 1700 and be seated in the Spender Theatre no later than 1655.

Photo ID is required for access to the Defence College.

The ADC Mess will be open AFTER the event for networking from 1800 hours.

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Our Last Event

Monday 5 June

On Monday 5 June 2017, at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the Head of Army's Land Capability Division, Major General Kath Toohey CSC, gave a presentation entitled Looking Ahead: the Australian Army out to 2025. In a novel format, General Toohey addressed a combined group of RMC cadets and USI of the ACT members and guests.

In a thought-provoking address, General Toohey emphasised the uncertainty of the future and the dangers of speculation.  She went on to canvass three themes: what we know about the future in 2025, what we suspect we know about it, and the "so what". She concluded that while predicting the future might be futile, thinking about it is not.

USI of the ACT gratefully acknowledges the enthusiasm and support of Brigadier Mark Brewer CSC & Bar, the Commandant of the Royal Military College, in developing and presenting this unique event.

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President's Message

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.

Our next speaker can be found at "What's On", and a record of previous presentations can be found under "Transcripts" and Past Events.

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

LTCOL Richard Maurice
Secretary USI of the ACT Inc.
CP3-1-155 Campbell Park Office

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