Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia


    • 22 Aug 2018
    • 12:00 - 14:00
    • RUSI Hall Victoria Barracks Brisbane QLD 4000

    Royal United Service Institute

    Queensland  Incorporated

    Promoting Australia’s National Security & Defence

    A Constituent Body of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia

    ABN:  91 025 331 202

    Tel:      (07) 3233 4420                                                                                   Victoria Barracks

                (07) 3233 4616                                                                                   Brisbane QLD 4000

    Secretary: 0411511369                                                                                   Correspondence to:

    Email:                                                                        Victoria Barracks Brisbane

    Web:                                                                                 ENOGGERA QLD 4051





    (Photo: Department of Defence)

    GEN Simone Wilkie HJE & Ian Errington PCDSS @ launch of #IndoPacificStrat Digest 2015 see: …

    From 2012 till 2018 Brigadier Errington was Principal of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. This is the senior educational institution of the Australian Defence Force.   

    RSVP To: Hon Secretary S Richard Jeffreys OAM

    By midday Monday 20thAugust

    • 03 Sep 2018
    • 11:30 - 14:00
    • TPI House 171 Richmond Road Richmond SA

    RUSI - SA

    3 September 2018


    Presented by the Royal United Services Institute – South Australia, a not-for-profit organisation, established to inform the public on important and significant defence and security matters.

          A Presentation by:

         Dr Romain Fathi

    Lecturer in HistoryCollege of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

    Flinders University,


    “Understanding France in WWII”

    France’s experience of the Second World War is an aspect of French history generally poorly known or misunderstood overseas. This presentation aims to pause and reflect on the origins and consequences of the French defeat in WWII. The pacifism of the 1920s, the rise of anti-Semitism, the debacle, Vichy, the occupation of France and its liberation will be presented through a survey of contemporary French mentalities, providing context to understand this traumatic period in France’s history.

    Date:  Monday 3September 2018

    Time:  11.30 for 12.00 noon – 2pm

    Where:  TPI House – 171 Richmond Rd, Richmond

    Dress Code:  Business Attire/Neat Casual

    Cost:  $35.00 non-members  ($30.00 for members) which includes

     a two+ course meal at the nearby Rex Hotel and attendance at the talk.

    Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase.

    RSVP by 9 pm Sunday, 2 September email

     to secure your seat.

    Bookingsby EFTPOS – see below or pay at the door cash only.


    Please Detach and return to:- Royal United Services Institute of SA

    Building 160, Keswick Barracks

    Keswick SA 5035

    or Email:

    Luncheon, Monday 3 September 2018

    PAYMENT:  Cash (    )  Cheque (     )      Electronic Funds Transfer** (    )

    Names of those attending       Account Name:   RUSI of SA Inc     

    **BSB    065 000   Account No: 00900386

    Please ensure that you include your name in the reference area.

    Romain Fathi is a French cultural historian whose research focuses on the transnational dimension of war and its aftermath in both the Australian and European contexts. Dr. Fathi is a Lecturer in History at Flinders University and a Chercheur Associé at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris. He has taught at Sciences Po in Paris, Yale in the United States of America, The University of Queensland and Flinders University in Australia. His primary research interests focus on the First World War, war commemorations and Australian identity. His forthcoming book, Our Corner of the Somme. Australia at Villers-Bretonneux will be published by Cambridge University Press early next year. Romain Fathi is South Australia’s 2018 “Historian of the Year”, an award conferred by the History Council of South Australia, in May 2018.

    • 06 Sep 2018
    • 18:00
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    The USI of the ACT 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held in the Spender Theatre at the Australian Defence College, Weston Creek, on Thursday 6 September 2018, commencing at 1800 hours.

    Papers for the meeting will be posted on the RUSIDSS-A website no later than 23 August 2018.

    Members wishing to propose items for the Agenda must advise the Secretary by close of business Wednesday 22 August 2018.  Only items listed on the Agenda will be discussed at the meeting.

    Under revised arrangements for Council elections (2015), the Treasurer (CMDR Nick Tate RAN) and one Councillor (Ms Jacinta Carroll), having completed their two-year terms, must seek re-election in 2018; both have indicated their intention to stand again for their respective appointments. The Secretary (Mrs Kay Gilchrist) and one Councillor (Ms Sarah Perry), having filled casual vacancies on the Council in 2018, must seek election in 2018; both have indicated their intention to stand for their respective appointments. One Councillor (Mr Jeremy Stredwick), having already served two consecutive terms, is ineligible for re-relection; his position will be declared vacant at the AGM.

    Members wishing to nominate for any of these Council positions should download the nomination form from the website (also under the Governance tab), complete it and return it to the Secretary no later than 23 August 2017.

    All USI members are strongly encouraged to attend the AGM - please come along and participate in the governance of your Institute. Please register here. Apologies may be sent to the Secretary via the USI office: T: 6266 3446; E;

    The ADC Mess will be open for networking from 1700 hours.  Members are reminded that photo ID is required for access to the Weston Creek campus.

    • 26 Sep 2018
    • 19:00 - 22:00
    • Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla
    • 96

    The Institute's 2018 Annual Members' Dinner, sponsored by Thales Australia, will be held at the Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla, on Wednesday 26 September, at 1900 for 1930hrs.

    The Council is delighted to announce that the Guest Speaker for this year's event will be Mr Greg MoriartySecretary of the Department of Defence.  Mr Moriarty will speak about Positioning Defence for success in a contested Indo-Pacific.

    Dress for this event is Winter Mess Dress for serving Service personnel and Black Tie with Miniatures for civilian and retired Service members and guests.

    Please register and pay on the website or by contacting Mickey in our office (E:; T: 02 6266 3446).  Don't forget to advise any dietary restrictions. We will endeavour to accommodate your seating preferences but this may not be possible in all cases.

    Tickets prices:  

    Member & First Guest: $70/head

    Non-Member: $100/head

    Ticket prices include pre-dinner drinks, a three course meal and drinks during dinner.

    (Photo & bio: Defence)

    • 18 Oct 2018
    • 18:00
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    The USI of the ACT Council is delighted to announce a presentation by former USI Vice President and long-time student of Iran, Ian Dudgeon, entitled Trump's Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal: Winners and Losers.  The presentation will be held in the Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek, on Thursday 18 October 2018, commencing at 1800 hours.

    On 8 May 2018 President Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (formally, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - JCPOA). Initially, Trump threatened withdrawal, and the reimposition of severe JCPOA-related sanctions, unless European JCPOA signatories (Britain, France and Germany - Russia and China are the other signatories) and Iran struck a new deal that rectified his perceived flaws in the deal. Trump then broadened his demands to include that Iran cease its other 'destabilising' regional activities. Trump has threatened to break Iran's economy, and precipitate 'regime change' through internal dissidence, if his demands are not met. Trump's demands have not been met due to push-back by Iran and other JCPOA signatories. The first of the reimposed sanctions took effect in early August, the remainder will take effect in November.

    But Trump's demands and actions threaten a much wider destabilisation. At stake is the potential survivability of Iran's moderate government, and its ability to contain the hardliners through greater economic and constructive political engagement with the West. What will happen if Trump does break Iran's economy; will Iran, a state of 82 million people, descend into chaos, or worse, and what impact would that have on regional stability? Trump has also precipitated direct confrontation with European signatories who want an intact JCPOA and lifted economic sanctions as a lever to negotiate Iran's other destabilising activities. Also at stake are billions of dollars of trade and investment in Iran by all JCPOA signatories and Iran's other major trading partners, and the status of US global trade and international financial systems generally.

    Ian will discuss these issues, and likely winners and losers, in what promises to be a fascinating presentation.  

    There is no charge for attendance, but registration is required, either on the website here, or by contacting the USI office (E:; T: 02 6266 3446).

    Please join us for networking in the ADC Mess from 1700 hours.

    Members and guests are reminded that photo ID is required for access to the Weston Creek campus.

    Photo: Lowy

Past events

14 Aug 2018 WA: Lecture - Brett Biddington AM "Space Developments inn Australia"
14 Aug 2018 WA: Special General Meeting
09 Aug 2018 ACT: Panel Discussion: Approaches to countering terrorism and radicalisation: theory and practice
06 Aug 2018 SA: Luncheon - Colonel Steve Larkins " The Battle of Le Hamel"
26 Jul 2018 WA: Lecture - Major James Cooper-Maitland - "Collective Training as a fundamental input to capability. Are we good enough?"
18 Jul 2018 QLD: Lecture Meet & Greet "Current and Future Threats to Australia's National Security"
12 Jul 2018 ACT: Brigadier Phil Winter AM, CSC and Invictus athletes: Raising the Invictus Games 2018 Australian Team
28 Jun 2018 ACT: Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN: Reflections on working at the top table
20 Jun 2018 QLD: Luncheon Lecture - Associate Professor Sarah Percy "Piracy, Maritime Security, International Security and Mercenaries"
04 Jun 2018 SA: Luncheon Invitation - Mr Barry Patterson A/Director SA State Office DFAT " Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper"
31 May 2018 ACT: Mr Hamish Hansford, First Assistant Secretary National Security and Law Enforcement Policy: Home Affairs - the Department's Perspective
31 May 2018 VIC: Lunchtime Address - Professor Jeffrey V Rosenfeld AM OBE " The Future of Operational Health Support to the ADF: A Personal Perspective"
30 May 2018 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture - Speakers to be Advised - "4th International Diaolgue Managing Tensions in the South China Seas"
17 May 2018 WA: Evening Lecture - Colonel Raymond Powell " Future of Australian/United States Military Alliance "
16 May 2018 QLD: Lecture Notice AIRCDRE Kenneth Robinson CSC Commander Combat Support Group
03 May 2018 WA: Evening Lecture - Professor Peter Dean "MacArthur's Coalition: Australian and US Military Operations in the South West Pacific Area 1942-45"
01 May 2018 QLD: Evening Lecture AVM Dr Hugh Bartholomeusz OAM RFD MBBS FRACS Associate Professor University of Queensland "Tissue Reconstruction in War and Peace"
24 Apr 2018 QLD: Evening Lecture - Presenters Jeff Hopkins-Weise and Greg Czechura "The First World War German Tank Mephisto, and the 26th Battalion: War, Technology and Remembrance"
24 Apr 2018 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture - Allan Behm "Framing Foreign Policy in Times of Uncertainty"
19 Apr 2018 ACT: 2017 Leo Mahony Bursary Winner: Ms Deborah Jeppesen: "Are we Influential? Examining the attributes which make military advisors effective in Train Advise Assist roles"
18 Apr 2018 QLD: Lunchtime Lecture "Meet & Greet" Hon Cameron Dick and Trevor Evans MP
05 Apr 2018 ACT: AVM Tracy Smart AM: Working Title "ADF Health Support Arrangements in Peace and War"
29 Mar 2018 VIC: Lunchtime Address - Mr Kevin Wall, Vice President Land, Thales Group Australia & New Zealand - " Current and Future Prospects for Defence Industry in Victoria"
27 Mar 2018 WA: Dr Zubair Baig - Senior Lecturer of Cyber Security, ECU "Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security"
27 Mar 2018 NSW Lunchtime Lectures and Events - Deputy Commissioner Mandy Newton APM - Deputy Commissioner , Support of the Australian Border Force - "The Australian Border Force"
21 Mar 2018 QLD: Luncheon Lecture - LTCOL Stephen Jenkins DSM "The Australian Defence Force Building Partner Capacity : The Afghan National Army Officer Academy"
16 Mar 2018 NSW: Joint Presentation with Sydney Harbour Federation Trust - LTCOL Peter Sweeney RFD (Retd) "Japanese Attacks on Sydney Harbour 1942" and MAJ Chris Ballantyne (Retd) Tunnel Inspection of Historic Artillery Emplacements at Georges Heights"
15 Mar 2018 ACT: Professor Clive Williams: "The Battle of Marawi"
06 Mar 2018 QLD: Evening Lecture - Ms Vikki Bennett - "Never Forget Australia! The Little French Digger, one of six poignant stories from the upcoming documentary based on Vikki Bennett's recent book"
05 Mar 2018 SA: March Luncheon Speaker - Richard Price, CEO of Defence SA
27 Feb 2018 NSW: Lunchtime Lectures and Events - Professor James Curran - "Australia and Trump's America: Problems and Perspectives
21 Feb 2018 QLD: February Luncheon Lecture Guest Speaker - Rear Admiral Simon Cullen AM CSC RAN (Retd) - Chairman and National President Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
08 Feb 2018 ACT: Professor John Blaxland: "Home Sweet Home: A Critical Historical and Contemporary Perspective on the Emergence of the Department of Home Affairs"
06 Feb 2018 QLD: RUSIQ Evening Lecture by Mr Nigel Allsop - "Animals on War" Since ancient times man has used animals to assist him in waging war.
05 Feb 2018 SA: Invitation to Luncheon Event - Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP - "Strategic Focus on the South Pacific sea, air, land and space"
01 Feb 2018 SA: An Evening with Senator Rex Patrick
09 Dec 2017 SA: Sundowner Barbecue - C A N C E L L E D - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
04 Dec 2017 SA: Lunchtime Presentation - Rajiv Chand and Ian Gladstone - Dementia & Health "The Unspoken Impact on Command and Leadership"
30 Nov 2017 ACT: Christmas Drinks
30 Nov 2017 VIC: Lunchtime Address - Dr David Hunt - "Likely changes in US defense posture in the Asia/Pacific resulting from the appointment of President Trump
28 Nov 2017 QLD: Military Modelling Special Interest Group - "Diorama Unveiling" & End of Year Function
22 Nov 2017 ACT: 2017 ACT Blamey Oration: Stan McChrystal: Leading in Uncertainty
15 Nov 2017 QLD: Lunch Time Lecture - Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM - "Today's Fire and Emergency Services in QLD" - "Undder One banner a Last"
14 Nov 2017 QLD: Evening Lecture - "Railways in World War One" "One part in a much longer Australsian military railways journey."
06 Nov 2017 SA: November Luncheon Speaker - Phil Palmer, SA Secretary of the Ambulance Employees Association - "What it is to be a paramedic (Ambo) in South Australia, the challenges and rewards."
31 Oct 2017 QLD: Evening Lecture - "The Charge at Beersheba and its Context" - Presenter Capt Adele Catts
26 Oct 2017 ACT: Dr Tony Murney: Police Development Challenges in Afghanistan and Somalia: A Personal Perspective
18 Oct 2017 QLD: Captain Adele Catts - "The Australian Light Horse in WW I"
10 Oct 2017 QLD: "Say Farewell to the Beersheba Diorama" - Military Modelling Special Interest Group
09 Oct 2017 SA: October Luncheon Speaker - Senator Cory Bernardi, Senator for South Australia - "A Conservative's View of Defence."
05 Oct 2017 ACT: Dr Alan Ryan: The Australian Civil-Military Centre
21 Sep 2017 ACT: 2017 Annual Members' Dinner: Ms Kathryn Campbell CSC, Secretary of the Department of Human Services: Securing our systems and data
13 Sep 2017 QLD: CAPT David L O Hayward (Retd) - " The Sovereignty Dispute in the South China Sea, Economic Considerations for the Military & Economic Security of Australia"
07 Sep 2017 ACT: 2017 Annual General Meeting
05 Sep 2017 QLD: Diane Melloy - " The Boys of Brisbane Grammar School, Soldiers of the Queen and the King, to the Boer War and to the Great War."
04 Sep 2017 SA: September Luncheon Speaker - Dr Romain Fathi " A different perspective on the First World War: The Frence Experience."
23 Aug 2017 QLD: MAJ Matthew Marcinkewycz - The Modern IED Threat
22 Aug 2017 ACT: Conference: The Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges
10 Aug 2017 ACT: Hon Dan Tehan MP: Cyber Security
07 Aug 2017 SA: August Luncheon
01 Aug 2017 QLD: 2017 LTCOL Rick Maher: "Gallantry -v- Leadership"
13 Jul 2017 ACT: Mr Scott Dewar, First Assistant Secretary International Policy, Department of Defence
03 Jul 2017 SA: Luncheon Speaker July - Imam Mohammed Tawhidi - "The Danger to Australia posed by Muslim Extremists"
29 Jun 2017 ACT: Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC, Chief of Air Force: The Royal Australian Air Force: The Next Three Years
05 Jun 2017 ACT: Major General Kath Toohey CSC, Head Land Capability: Looking Ahead: the Australian Army out to 2025
05 Jun 2017 SA: June Luncheon Speaker : Chen Yonglin, Former Chinese Diplomat : "Exposing the Chinese threat to Australia's Sovereignty"
11 May 2017 ACT: Commissioner Andrew Colvin, APM, OAM: Australian Federal Police Operations in the Near Region
05 May 2017 WA: Invitation to Notre Dame Book Launch - "1915: Australians at War and on the Home Front" Edited by Daniel Baldino and Mike Brennan
03 May 2017 ACT: Seminar on German Maritime Security and Operational Thinking: Prof Dr Michael Epkenhans & COL Dr Gerhard Gross
01 May 2017 SA: Senator Nick Xenophon - Luncheon Speaker 1 May 2017 “Addressing the Adequacy of Australia’s Defence & Security Systems” -
01 May 2017 SA: LATE NEWS - INVITATION to LUNCHEON with Senator Nick Xenophon Senator for South Australia and Martin Hamilton-Smith MP JP - South Australian Minister for Defence Industries
06 Apr 2017 ACT: Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Navy: The Royal Australian Navy: The Next Three Years
03 Apr 2017 SA: Jodie van Deventer- CEO Committee of Adelaide - "Future for Adelaide"
23 Mar 2017 ACT: 2016 Leo Mahony Bursary Winners: Mr Cameron Hawker and Major Leon Young
09 Mar 2017 ACT: Mr Graham Fletcher, First Assistant Secretary North Asia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: A Focus on the Region - Australia and China: conflict of interests?
23 Feb 2017 ACT: Prof Clive Williams, MG: Lessons Learned from the Battle for Mosul
09 Feb 2017 ACT: Dr John Blaxland: Australia & Regional Security: The Challenge of being an Indo-Pacific Middle Power in the Age of Trump
06 Feb 2017 SA: Luncheon Presentation "Saudi Arabia - Defence Attache Report"
13 Dec 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture Tuesday 13 December 2016
08 Dec 2016 WA: Energy Security in the Indo-Pacific Century - Mr Andrew Pickford
30 Nov 2016 ACT: Dr Stephan de Spiegeleire: Capability-based planning: How does force design take place and how is that translated into capabilities?
29 Nov 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture Tuesday 29 November 2016
24 Nov 2016 ACT: 2016 Christmas Drinks
10 Nov 2016 WA: November 2016 Lecture
09 Nov 2016 ACT: 2016 Blamey Oration: The Dragon and the Snakes: Emerging and Future Security Threats in the Post-Cold War Order: Dr David Kilcullen
26 Oct 2016 SA: Current Issues Briefing - The Australian Air Campaign in the Middle East 2000-2016
25 Oct 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture 25 October 2016
19 Oct 2016 WA: An Evening with Mr Bob Jensen Senior Managing Director Strat3 LLC
13 Oct 2016 ACT: Contestability in Defence - Opportunities and Challenges
26 Sep 2016 NSW: Military History Seminar
22 Sep 2016 ACT: 2016 Annual Members' Dinner
08 Sep 2016 ACT: Annual General Meeting
08 Sep 2016 ACT: General Jim Mattis USMC (Retd)
07 Sep 2016 ACT: Naval History Workshop
05 Sep 2016 SA: RUSI SA Luncheon
31 Aug 2016 ACT: History Seminar Series: Western Front: Fromelles/Pozières and Beyond
30 Aug 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture The ADF Reserve Contribution to Australia’s defence
25 Aug 2016 WA: August 2016 Lecture Dr Leigh Straw - The Mental and Physical Scars of War
17 Aug 2016 ACT: Dusted Off with Brett Hunt
04 Aug 2016 ACT: Chief of Army - The Ryan Review
29 Jul 2016 ACT: An Evening Inspired by Bean
21 Jul 2016 ACT: Analysing the 2016 Defence White Paper
04 Jul 2016 SA: July Luncheon
09 Jun 2016 ACT: Order of Australia Association (ACT) 2016 ADF Oration
06 Jun 2016 Global Solution for Humanitarian Emergency Shelter and Storage
02 Jun 2016 ACT Lecture: Mr Bill Farmer AO
23 May 2016 RUSI of SA - Current Issues Briefing
11 May 2016 ACT Lecture: Mr Peter Baxter
30 Apr 2016 QLD Seminar Program
20 Apr 2016 QLD Lecture Program
22 Mar 2016 NSW - Speak, Time (Location)

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