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28 September 2021 Lecture
Speaker:  Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, (Ret’d)  
Subject:  Resilience in Australia’s Maritime Industry
Details: This lecture will be recorded and made available on the RUSI NSW website and YouTube channel.

‘Sea blindness’ is a term often used to describe an island nation’s antipathy towards its maritime environment. In Australia today, there is much discussion about future naval capability but very little debate about the health of Australia’s broader maritime industry. The Covid pandemic has forcefully demonstrated that resilience in this industry is not guaranteed. Vice Admiral Barrett will discuss the state of the maritime industry, its relationship with Navy and efforts to rebuild the capability.

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett retired from the Royal Australian Navy in 2018 after a 42 year career.  In his last role, as Chief of Navy and professional head of the Service, he progressed plans to regenerate Navy capability which is manifest in the National Ship Building Plan and contracts for new submarines, frigates and patrol boats.  He now advises on a broad range of maritime issues to government and industry and sits on a number of related boards.
In uniform he initially trained as a mariner but later specialized in aviation.  Serving at sea and ashore, he gained extensive command experience at all ranks but most notably as the Commander of the Australian Navy Aviation Group, Commander Border Protection Command and Commander of the Australian Fleet.  He also has broad experience in staff positions dealing in capability development and personnel management.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History and a Masters of Defence Studies, both from the University of New South Wales, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. In early 2017 he published ‘The Navy and the Nation: Australia's Maritime Power in the 21st Century’ in which he outlined the extensive opportunities for Navy and Australia as steps are taken to implement the planned investment in naval capability outlined in the Defence White Paper 2016 and the National Shipbuilding Plan over the coming decades.

26 October 2021 Lecture 

Speaker: Commander Andrew Hough RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney V
Subject: The History of the Aegis Combat System. 

Background and development of the combat system fitted to the Hobart Class DDG and selected for the Hunter Class Frigate. This lecture is aimed to educate the RUSI audience on the capability of an Aegis ship and some of the implications of becoming an all-Aegis Navy.   Commander Andrew Hough RAN biography


RUSI Seminar Tuesday 23 November 2021 

‘Island Australia – Improving Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Region’

Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, RUSI NSW will be conducting a seminar

This seminar will be a combination of a web and face to face event.
To be held at the ANZAC Memorial Auditorium 1230-1700 hrs   

Opening Address given by Our RUSI NSW Patron the Governor Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC via a virtual presentation.

The topics and speakers will include:
The Contribution of RAN to Improving Resilience
by Commander Australian Fleet: RADM Mark Hammond AM RAN
Contribution of Forces Command to Improving Resilience 
by Commander Forces Command: MAJGEN Matt Pearce AM
Contribution of RAAF to Improving Resilience 
by Air Commander Australia: AVM Joe Iervasi AM CSC
Contribution of ADF to Civil Resilience 
by Commander 2nd Division: MAJGEN David Thomae AM
NSW Defence Industry Strategy and Resilience 
by NSW Defence Advocate: AVM Kym Osley AM CSC (Ret’d)
Contribution of NSW Based Industry to Improving Resilience 
by Chief Executive Officer of Thales Australia and New Zealand: Mr. Chris Jenkins
Contribution of Universities and Research in Improving Resilience 
by Vice Chancellor of University of Newcastle (and previous Chief Defence Scientist): Prof Alex Zelinsky AO.

Details will be provided shortly on the seminar program and how you can register to attend this interesting seminar.
It is likely that you will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be able to attend the Anzac Memorial.

The RUSI NSW AGM will be held later in the year due to COVID restrictions. The RUSI NSW Board is planning to hold a face-to-face meeting in December 2021. Members will be advised of the date as soon as is possible.

RUSI NSW August Lecture 2021 video is now available

Continuing our Resilience Lecture Series 
Speaker: MAJGEN David Thomae, AM  
Commander of the 2nd Division

Subject: Role of the 2nd Division within the Defence Mobilisation Framework  


December 2021 Sir Hermann Black Lecture 

Tuesday 14 December 2021
Speaker: Peter Hartcher political editor and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
'Sir Hermann Black Lecture - ‘2021 Year in Review’


Due to the extension of the Sydney Lockdown in NSW future 'face to face' lectures are cancelled.  Our lectures will be pre-recorded and made available on our webpages and our YouTube channel.  

Please alert your friends and colleagues on the chance they have not seen this announcement.  
In the interests of safeguarding our members and friends we advise all to take sensible precautions.  RUSI NSW will continue to advise you of our future events and any further change to our lecture program. 

Please see the NSW Government Health information pages for more information:

The Ursula Davidson Library and the RUSI NSW offices in the Anzac Memorial are closed.
Any enquiries please email our office:

Postponed RUSI NSW event: 
Be advised that this event will be postponed to a later date TBA.
Visit to Lancer Barracks and Museum
Will include a guided tour and live vehicle display at Lancer Barracks Parramatta.


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