United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory
Our Next Event
Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 August
The Centre for Military & Security Law and the USI of the ACT are proud to present a major conference to examine the Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region. The conference aims to explore the legal pressure points that surround the operation of the LOSC in the Asia Pacific through a series of linked discussions. Significant attention will be paid to the recent decision in Philippines v China, with a focus on the legal issues that were dealt with by the Tribunal and subsequent state practice.
Under our partnering arrangement with the Centre for Military & Security Law, USI of the ACT members can attend at a cost of $200 - half the cost of a regular ticket. This price includes tea and coffee on arrival, lunches and morning and afternoon teas on both days. You can register on the ANU website here - be sure to scroll down through the ticket categories to find the USI of the ACT Member option.
Our Last Event
Thursday 10 August
On Thursday, 10 August, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, addressed more than 100 members and guests at the Defence College, Weston Creek.
Under Chatham House Rules, the Minister spoke about cyber threats and the challenges of establishing effective cyber security. His closing observation that cyber issues increasingly encroach on our daily lives was a salutary warning.
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.