Royal United Services Institute of Australia

United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory

Our Next Event

Wednesday 3 May at the Ngunnawal Theatre, Russell.

USI of the ACT, in partnership with the Australian Naval Institute, is pleased to present a seminar with two eminent German scholars, Prof Dr Michael Epkenhans and Dr. Gerhard P. Groß.


1210 – 1255:  Professor Dr Michael Epkenhans  - German Maritime Security in the 20th Century

1300 - 1315: Light lunch

1320 - 1400: Colonel Dr Gerhard Gross: Myth & Reality of German Warfare Operational thinking - Moltke the Elder to Heusinger

1405: Panel session Q & A – Both Historians

1425: Close of Seminar

This seminar is an outstanding opportunity to explore historical perspectives on the German armed forces in the 20th century.  This will be of particular interest to students of naval history and those with a passion for the operational art.

Note;  Defence passes are not required for access to the Ngunnawal Theatre

Our Last Event

Thursday 6 April

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Navy:  The Royal Australian Navy: The Next Three Years

On Thursday 6 April, VADM Barrett addressed more than 70 members and guests at the Australian Defence College.  While making the point that the Navy is undergoing its biggest recapitalisation since World War II, he emphasised that perhaps the bigger challenge will be to undertake the cultural change necessary to realise the new capability.  He stressed particularly that old thinking about how to attract, train and retain the people for the future force will not be good enough.  He also underlined the new importance of Australian industry as part of the capability continuum, and argued that there still needs to be better alignment between industry and the Navy if the recapitalisation project is to succeed.

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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Special Thanks: 
The RUSIDSS-A gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Defence for its continuing assistance.

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