Upcoming events

    • 12 Feb 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

    Members-only lunch - speaker details will be available shortly

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • National Gallery of Australia, ACT


    Since 2013 the Sir Richard Williams Foundation seminars have focused on building an integrated fifth generation force.  Recent seminars have evolved from the acquisition of new platforms to the process of shaping and better understanding the environment in which that integrated force will prepare and operate.  In doing so they have, among other things, highlighted the challenges of making the strategic shift from counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to higher tempo and higher intensity operations involving peer competitors. 

    Within this context, the seminar in August 2018 focused on the importance of a joint approach to building an independent and potent regional strike capability.  The topic broadened to begin an examination of new ways and means of enhancing sovereign options as part of an evolving deterrent strategy.  The August seminar began a process of looking at the evolution of Australian defence capabilities through an increasingly sovereign lens and concluded there are some important choices to be made if we are to maintain our capability edge and influence in the region.

    Allies are crucial to the Australian concept of defence; however, the emerging strategic circumstances demand it is vital we reconsider the ways and means of enhancing Australian sovereignty to better contribute to our relationships and ensure a more sophisticated and independent defence of Australian interests.  During the 2019 seminars, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation will develop this theme and address more broadly the question of how to look at the evolution of the Australian Defence Force from the perspective of the sovereign lens and setting the conditions for future success.

    Aim of the Seminar

    The first seminar will examine the question from an historical standpoint and focus on the importance and challenges of sustaining an Australian Defence Force that can autonomously contribute to the pursuit of Australia’s national interests in an increasingly challenging environment. A key element of our thinking is to focus on the importance of our natural strategic strengths and reconsider Australian territory and geography, as well as the near region, as an integral part of our deterrence posture. This entails building the infrastructure and partnerships necessary to enable more effective mobility so that Australian and partner territory can be used as a chessboard on which we are able to move Australian forces, and upon which allied forces could operate in times of crisis as part of a broader coalition engagement and sustainment strategy.

    Enhanced Australian industrial sovereignty and sustainability is a core requirement of a secure and sustained force in times of crisis, where the normal functioning of the global supply chain will be deliberately targeted and disrupted.  This will require an integrated strategy for preparedness, operations and sustainment of the force enabled by appropriate industry policy to ensure the delivery of a sovereign defence capability.

    Seminar Outline

    This industrial policy must be closely aligned with defence policy, concepts and doctrine and will require a new approach and attitude to partnerships and an increased emphasis on the combat support and combat service support functions of the fifth-generation force.  This will further develop the Australian manoeuvre approach to warfighting but set in a much broader context than simply the force elements. 

    The seminar will address the evolving Australian approach to building new capabilities and systems with an expanded role for Australian industry as part of a broader alliance structure.  A contemporary example is how Army is building its unmanned aircraft capability through an innovative partnering strategy with industry. Similarly, the seminar will address how Defence can be a better steward of its major platforms by partnering with industry.

    One such sector worthy of consideration by Australia is in emerging technologies and how these might disrupt traditional concepts of supply chains and enhance Australia’s sovereign capabilities.  The development of an Australian-based research, design, manufacture, test and sustainment capability is a realistic aspiration and provides sovereign capability which contributes significantly within a broader alliance structure. 

    In particular, Australia can play a significant role in the development and production of 21st century missiles and at the same time support the needs of core allies who could leverage evolving Australian science and technology, test and experimentation ranges, and advanced manufacturing capabilities within a sophisticated and diverse global supply chain.  Above all, this will add diversity, complexity and resilience to the Australian defence and security posture and provide additional choice in the selection of the most appropriate ways and means of delivering a balanced suite of defensive and offensive independent strike capabilities.  

    The Williams Foundation would like to thank our sponsors. 
    • 07 May 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

    Members-only lunch - speaker details will be available shortly

    • 07 Aug 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

    Members-only lunch - speaker details will be available shortly

    • 22 Oct 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Alastair Swayn Theatre, Brindabella Conference Centre, Building 35, Brindabella Business Park

    Williams Foundation financial members are invited to join us for the 2019 Annual General Meeting

    AGM documents

    In accordance with the Foundation Constitution, the following documents will be made available in due course. 

    Formal Notice of the 2019 AGM
    2019 Agenda DRAFT
    2018 AGM Minutes DRAFT
    Board Position Nomination Form
    Audited financial report


          • 12 Nov 2019
          • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
          • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

          Members-only lunch - speaker details will be available shortly

        Past events

        13 Nov 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Experiences of an Australian CAOC Director during Operation Okra with Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Meredith, AM, DSM
        30 Oct 2018 2018 Annual General Meeting
        23 Aug 2018 Seminar: The Imperative for an Independent Deterrent: A Joint Strike Seminar
        07 Aug 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Australian Defence Industry Small, Medium Enterprises; Plan Jericho Innovation and Opportunity
        08 May 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch with Air Commodore Joe ‘Vinny’ Iervasi, AM: Air Warfare Centre — Jericho in Action
        22 Mar 2018 Seminar: The Requirements of High Intensity Warfare
        13 Feb 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Air C2: Lessons from OKRA - Air Commodore Robert Chipman, CSC
        31 Oct 2017 2017 Annual General Meeting
        23 Aug 2017 Seminar: A New Approach, and Attitude, to Electronic Warfare In Australia
        02 Aug 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Joint Integration: A Practioner's Perspective - VADM David Johnston AM, RAN
        19 Jul 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Lunch with Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC Chief of the Defence Force
        20 Jun 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: A Learning Curve for the Swiss Air Force
        11 Apr 2017 Williams Foundation Seminar: Air / Sea / Land: Integrated Force 2030
        15 Feb 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Air Vice-Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO, DSC
        25 Oct 2016 2016 Annual General Meeting
        04 Oct 2016 Williams Foundation Lunch: Connecting the ADF: Challenge or Opportunity? Three decades of insights and lessons learned
        13 Sep 2016 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: 'Jericho - an Update'
        23 Aug 2016 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: 'Where to with CASG' with Kim Gillis
        10 Aug 2016 Williams Foundation Seminar: New Thinking on Air-Sea
        17 Mar 2016 Williams Foundation Seminar: New Thinking on Air-Land
        23 Feb 2016 Williams Foundation Dinner with Lt Gen Christopher Bogdan, United States Air Force
        16 Feb 2016 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC - RAAF Air Mobility
        08 Sep 2015 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: RADM Tony Dalton Romeo Introduction into Service
        06 Aug 2015 RAAF Plan Jericho Half Day Public Seminar
        10 Jun 2015 Williams Foundation Dinner with Chief of Air Force
        03 Jun 2015 LVC Seminar
        17 Apr 2015 Symposium: Integrating Innovative Airpower
        15 Apr 2015 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: AIRCDRE Steve "Zed" Roberton AM

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