"THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE"

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monthly Meeting September 9, 2010

Time: Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where: Amenities room,

Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW,

Washington, DC 20036

Speaker: Colonel Brice Houdet, French Army

Topic: The French Foreign Legion Today

Colonel Houdet is currently the French Army Attache to the United States. Prior to his assignment here he commanded the 2nd Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment. He is a graduate of St. Cyr, he served in a variety of command positions in the Foreign Legion. Col. Houdet also served on operations in the Balkans and Africa. He will speak to us about his time in the Legion.

Lunch: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.

Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.

R.S.V.P. by noon on Wednesday September 8, 2010, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmpward at wwdb dot org

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association at a cost of $15.00 for two hours.

Future Monthly meetings: October 14, November 4, and December 9.

2010 Membership dues of $25.00 are payable at the meeting. Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA, 20191

Monday, August 2, 2010

Symposium - An Adaptive Army for a Complex Peace - the Australian Army Experience



Symposium - An Adaptive Army for a Complex Peace - the Australian Army Experience


When: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 7:30AM - 1:30PM

Where: Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave.,NW, Washington, DC

The Symposium is being offered as an opportunity for participants to obtain insights into the 'complex' peace' that is likely to characterize the international security environment post the current Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and well into the foreseeable future.


Key Speakers include:

- Major General David Morrison, Australian Army forces Commander

- LtGen Flynn, Deputy Commandant Marine Corps - Capability Development

- Mr Ricky Smith, Army Capability Integration Centre - Forward

- Dr David Kilcullen, Noetic Associate and advisor to US Military

- Mr Andrew Balmaks - Noetic Principle

- Brigadier H.R. McMaster, Director Concept Development and Experimentation, US Army Training & Doctrine Command

- Mr Craig Coleman - CEO Professional Services Solutions

RSVP by August 11 to army dot washington at defence dot gov dot au with your name, title, position, organization, email and phone

Australian Election Preview*

When: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Where Healy Hall The Philodemic Room at Georgetown University

Details - Australia’s general election will be held on August 21, 2010. What will happen? What are the issues?

Come hear a panel of experts discuss the prospects.

Invited Panelist include:

Dr. Lesley Russell, Senior Fellow, Center for Australia and New Zealand Studies, and Visiting Fellow of the Center for American Progress

Bruce Wolpe, Senior Advisor to Rep. Henry Waxman, member, Australia-American Leadership Dialogue, past Director of Corporate Communications, Fairfax Media

EJ Dionne, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Columnist, Washington Post

Michael Brissenden, Washington Correspondent Australian Broadcasting Corporation

RSVP to Marie Champagne at (202) 687-7467 or CANZ at georgetown dot edu

Sponsor: Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies

*Details were originally supplied by the Southern Cross Group e-mail newsletter

Monthly Meeting - Thursday August 12, 2010

Time Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities room

Embassy of Australia,

1601 Massachusetts, Ave.,

Washington, DC 20036

Speaker: Dr. David L. Charney, MD *

Topic: Why do people spy?

*David Charney, MD

• Founder and Medical Director of Roundhouse Square Psychiatric Center, in Alexandria, VA

• Expert on the Psychology of the Spy

• Psychiatric consultant to three spies after they were arrested:

• Earl Pitts, Robert Hanssen, Brian Regan

• Developer of the Concept: Life Stages of the Spy

• Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

• Total Years of Experience for you to benefit and learn from: 30

* http://cicentre.com/experts.html

Lunch: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.

Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.

R.S.V.P. by noon on Wednesday August 11, 2010, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmpward at wwdb dot org

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association at a cost of $15.00 for two hours.

Future Monthly meetings: September 9, October 14, November 4, and December 9.

2010 Membership dues of $25.00 are payable at the meeting. Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA, 20191

From Your President

Greetings to all of our members and supporters.

Recently I have noted an increase in attendance at our monthly meetings here at the Embassy and I am very grateful to those of you who have been able to find the time to support our speaker program and to those who bring guests. The monthly meetings and speaker program is really the centerpiece of our sub-branch here in DC and because we are in the capital of the United States we are able to leverage off the cosmopolitan makeup of the city. Last month's speaker was able to provide a unique perspective on the current situation in Afghanistan, one you probably won't read in the Washington Post. As an Australian contractor working for the past six years in Afghanistan, Mr. Craig (Shorty) Coleman was able to speak with some authority on issues of 'ground truth' particularly in relation to the commercial realities of doing business inside Afghanistan. I want to thank Mr. Mario Mirarchi who coordinates our Speaker Program for his tireless efforts to spark our interest and knowledge over a broad range of security related subjects. If you have any suggestions, please drop him a line.*


Regards,



Rod West

Brigadier

President



* Mario can be reached at mmirarchi at juno dot com or 703-299-5194.

August 2010 News letter

Lest We Forget

Returned & Services League of Australia

Washington, DC Sub-Branch

1601 Massachusetts Avenue N.

Washington, DC 20036

Index:

The President's remarks,

August 12th Monthly Meeting,

Two events of interest listed by the Center for Australia and New Zealand Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

- August 4th - Australian Election Preview hosted by CANZ, Georgetown University

- August 18th - Symposium - An Adaptive Army for a Complex Peace - the Australian Army Experience