Upcoming events

    • 16 Jul 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT
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    Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN
    Chief of Navy

    Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1984, trained as a seaman officer and then subsequently completed Principal Warfare Officers course and specialised in Air Direction and Above Water Warfare.

    Throughout his career, he had experience in a wide range of Navy and ADF operations through various sea and shore posting and operational roles. Highlights have included deployments to the Middle East, Southern Ocean and being the Commissioning Commanding Officer of the Anzac class frigate HMAS Parramatta.

    He has fulfilled leadership positions at all levels of the Australian Defence Force, with senior positions including the Director of Military Strategic Commitments, Director General of Operations at HQJOC, Command of Maritime Border Command and Deputy Chief of Navy.

    In June 2018, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his distinguished service in significant senior ADF command roles.

    Vice Admiral Noonan assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy on 7 July 2018 and will be the 32nd professional head of the Australian Navy, and the 9th officer to hold the title of Chief of Navy Australia. In this role, he is entrusted by Government to be its principal naval advisor, and to raise, train and sustain Australia’s naval forces to execute maritime missions in a dynamic region.


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


        





          • 24 Oct 2019
          • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
          • National Gallery of Australia, ACT
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          Background

          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.

          The Williams Foundation would like to thank our sponsors. 
          • 12 Nov 2019
          • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
          • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT
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          Members-only lunch - speaker details will be available shortly

        Past events

        07 May 2019 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: Modernising the ADF in a time of Accelerated Warfare - Major General Kathryn Toohey, AM, CSC
        11 Apr 2019 Seminar: Hi-Intensity Operations and Sustaining Self Reliance
        12 Feb 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: 5th Generation Workforce with AIRCDRE Geoffrey Harland AM, CSC, DSM
        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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