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Tuesday 25 February 2020

Anzac Memorial Auditorium

Speaker: Ashley Townshend  
Director of Foreign Policy and Defence, United States Study Centre, University of Sydney
Subject: Averting Crisis: American Strategy, Military Spending and Collective Defence in the Indo-Pacific
America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain Over the next decade, the US defence budget is unlikely to meet the needs of the National Defense Strategy owing to a combination of political, fiscal and internal pressures. 
America has an atrophying force that is not sufficiently ready, equipped or postured for great power competition in the Indo-Pacific — a challenge it is working hard to address. A strategy of collective defence is fast becoming necessary as a way of offsetting shortfalls in America’s regional military power and holding the line against rising Chinese strength. To advance this approach, what should Australia do?    Source:

RUSI NSW Members $10.00; Non-members $15
Sandwiches served from 12.00 noon (cost $8.00 to be paid on the day) 
Sandwiches must be pre-ordered by calling 8262 2922 on the Monday prior to the lecture before 3pm.

Visit to HMAS Watson 

Wednesday 4 March 2020
Start at HMAS Watson Security Gate
Off Military Road (Gap Bluff Road) Watsons Bay
A unique opportunity to see Australia's premier RAN maritime warfare training establishment and Fleet Command.  
Registration is essential: please provide your full names (as they would appear on your photo ID, such as driver’s licence) to the RUSI NSW office no later than 27 February 2020

All participants must be reasonably mobile as there is some walking involved to the various parts of HMAS Watson.  See attached map of HMAS Watson indicating each of the locations in the program. The solid lines represent the uphills and the dotted lines are the downhills. Note that the hills are fairly significant but the roads and footpaths are in very good repair. 

All participants will need to rendezvous no later than 10.10am at the security gate, we will provide a shuttle car service from that point to HMAS Watson.

o  1030 – Arrival
o  1035 – Morning Tea in the Wardroom
o  1055 – Overall Watson Brief in the Wardroom by the Commanding Officer

o  1110 – Bridge Simulation demonstration
o  1145 – Chapel 
o  1200 – Depart  

Getting to the rendezvous point:
Members can catch a bus (324, 325, 380) or ferry to Watson’s Bay, then walk to the security gate on Military Road. 
Drive and park in Cliff Street behind the Watson’s Bay Hotel, then there is the short but fairly steep walk up to the Security Gate.  

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