United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory
Message from the President:
This is a brief follow up to my previous email on the passing of our Patron. Firstly, his office has advised that the family is not asking that donations to a charity or like organisation be made in lieu of flowers, however they did advise that if anyone wishes to still make a contribution then the ‘Soils for Life’ website will receive donations. MAJGEN Jeffery was the founder of Soils for Life and a tribute can be found here; https://soilsforlife.org.au/
Funeral details are still being finalised, however next week Tuesday 29th is the likely date at Duntroon - national news outlets will be the best source of details over the next day or so. The ABC is in close coordination with PM&C who are organising the State Funeral, and it is likely that there will be live streaming of the Service. As you will appreciate there is limited attendance due ongoing COVID 19 considerations, however the family will ensure that close friends and the appropriate dignitaries will be advised separately.
AVM (Retd) Bill Henman, AM
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.