United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory
Message from the President:
Supporting our national response is obviously the highest priority for every Australian's available time and energies. USI-ACT is in solidarity with our members and friends as we meet this challenge in accordance with our individual, family and community circumstances.
How Australia resources, prepares and prioritises its sovereign capabilities to deal with the pandemic will have considerable implications for how we face the broad spectrum of security and defence threats into the future. These times are a great challenge to our national character and resilience.
We look forward to contributing to that national discussion as soon as we can.
The USI of the ACT speaker program is proudly sponsored by PwC
Our Last Event
Thursday 13 Feb: Defence and National Security After the Fire Emergency: A Way Forward with Professor John Blaxland.
Given that the recent National focus has been on the fires devastating a number of regions throughout Australia it was appropriate and timely to address a topic related to National Security that is more internally focused. Prof Blaxland’s topic was: “Defence and National Security After the Fire Emergency: A Way Forward”.
You can watch Professor Blaxland's presentation here.
John Blaxland is Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies. He was recently appointed Official Historian of the Australian Signals Directorate and commissioned to write a two-volume history of ASD. He is a former Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, and the first Australian recipient of a US Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative grant examining great power contestation in Southeast Asia.
I'm delighted to have been chosen as your new President and pleased to have the opportunity to get more involved in the USI of the ACT.
USI has made great strides in recent years and it will be important that we continue to build on that terrific work. We might do things a little differently, but we will continue to emphasise the benchmarks of presenting a compelling program, delivering value for stakeholders, and modelling best-practice governance. One thing is for certain: if we sit still, we'll die.
I'm very much looking forward to meeting members and working with you to take USI forward.
About the USI of the ACT
The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory (USI of the ACT) is an independent, not-for-profit, incorporated association, part of a wider network of similar state and territory organisations operating under the umbrella of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia. Our aim is 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.