United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory
Our Next Event
Thursday 6 April at the Australian Defence College
Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Navy: The Royal Australian Navy: The Next Three Years
Tim Barrett joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1976 as a Seaman Officer and later specialised in Aviation. He assumed command of the RAN on 1 July 2014. His biography is here.
Admiral Barrett now oversees the most significant modernisation of the Navy since World War II, a project that will consume billions of dollars, provide thousands of Australian jobs, and, if it goes to plan, deliver a Navy that is vastly more capable than the one that exists now. Can Australian industry deliver ships at the rate demanded by Government? How will we manage continuous shipbuilding? What is the plan to recruit the people to crew the new submarines? Discover the answer to these and other questions as Admiral Barrett explains his view of the future Navy.
Our Last Event
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 2016, we are trialling several changes to our speaker program, including focussing on only a couple of themes and reducing our tempo to just one presentation each month. Our principal theme explores the impact on Defence of the First Principles Review and the 2016 Defence White Paper; while our secondary theme seeks a better understanding of global terrorism.
2016 also sees further changes in our governance. At local level, the Council is working hard to implement the reforms identified in our 2015 strategic review. And nationally, we have been closely involved in helping to steer major changes to the form and governance of RUSI-A.
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.