Past Events

Upcoming events

    • 09 Apr 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek ACT

    Chief of Air Force - A Retrospective

    Please join members and guests of the IFRS and USI of the ACT for an address by the Chief of Air Force as he reflects on his time in the top job.  Attendees are also invited to meet at the Officer's Mess for drinks (purchase from the bar) at 5pm prior to the seminar. 

    Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO

    Air Marshal Geoff Brown joined the RAAF in February 1980 after completing an Engineering degree. He graduated from No 111 Pilot's Course in 1981 and was initially posted to 12SQN Amberley to fly Chinooks. After three years at 12 Squadron he was posted to 2 Flying Training School Pearce and spent 18 months as a Flying Instructor before being posted to Central Flying School East Sale in 1986. While at Central Flying School he was a member of the Roulettes from 1987-89. He led the last Macchi team before they transitioned to the PC-9/A.

    In 1990, Air Marshal Brown was posted to Williamtown for a Hornet conversion and then completed a short tour at 77 Squadron. On promotion to Squadron Leader in 1991, he was posted to 75 Squadron Tindal as a Flight Commander.

    In 1993, Air Marshal Brown was then posted to 77 Squadron as Executive Officer. He completed RAAF Staff College in 1995 and was subsequently posted to Headquarters Air Command as Staff Officer Operational Evaluation.

    From 1997 to 2000, Air Marshal Brown commanded No 3 Squadron. He then completed F-111 conversion and assumed the position of Officer Commanding No 82 Wing in December 2000. In 2003 he commanded all F/A-18 and C-130 operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia and a Legion of Merit for his service in the operation. He was Officer Commanding Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems Program Office from June 2003 until December 2004 and spent 2005 at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. He then commanded Air Combat Group throughout 2006. From January 2007 until June 2008 he was Director General Capability Planning in Air Force Headquarters. Air Marshal Brown was the Deputy Chief of Air Force from 30 June 2008 to 3 July 2011. Air Marshal Brown was appointed Chief of Air Force from 4 July 2011.

    Air Marshal Brown has over 5000 hours in military aircraft.

    He lives in Canberra with his wife Amanda and his two sons, Ryan and Jake. His sporting interests are gliding and motorsports.



    • 15 Apr 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College Weston Creek
    The WINS events aim to present positive role models and encourage women to take up careers and leadership roles within national security, a traditionally male-oriented field. The WINS initiative has been developed to fill this void and will be presented as a series of seminars and panel events throughout the year.


    Keynote speaker LTGEN David Morrison Chief of Army AO




Past events

12 Mar 2015 National Security Careers Night 2015 - Canberra
03 Dec 2014 Kokoda Foundation Summer Networking Event
01 Oct 2014 Kokoda Foundation Spring Networking Event
30 Sep 2014 FSLP Seminar: Indonesian Defence Industry: Moving Towards to Self-Reliance?
01 Jul 2014 USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) series
05 Jun 2014 FSLP and USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) Panels
22 May 2014 FSLP Seminar: Lieutenant General George Petkos
03 Apr 2014 FSLP and USI of the ACT Seminar: Andrew Balmaks
27 Mar 2014 National Security Careers Night 2014
05 Mar 2014 FSLP Women in National Security (WINS) Initiative
06 Dec 2013 FSLP Networking event
26 Nov 2013 2013 Kokoda Foundation Annual General Meeting
26 Sep 2013 FSLP September Networking Event - Canberra
18 Sep 2013 Future Strategic Leaders' Program and USI of the ACT: Brigadier Syed Aamer Raza
29 Aug 2013 Canberra: FSLP - Stephan de Spiegeleire, Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
21 Aug 2013 Future Strategic Leaders' Program and USI of the ACT: Is Australia a Fragile State?
10 Jul 2013 Canberra: Future Strategic Leaders' Program - Dr Phillip Karber
09 Jul 2013 Sydney: Future Strategic Leaders' Program - Dr Phillip Karber
20 Jun 2013 FSLP June Networking Event - Canberra
22 May 2013 Washington FSLP
01 May 2013 Future Strategic Leaders' Program and USI of the ACT AVM John Blackburn AO Retd
18 Apr 2013 FSLP April Networking Event
14 Mar 2013 National Security Careers Night 2013
19 Feb 2013 Sydney YSLF - Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas APM
13 Feb 2013 FSLP 2013 Launch Event
12 Dec 2012 Washington YSLF
28 Nov 2012 2012 Kokoda Foundation Annual General Meeting
26 Nov 2012 Kokoda Foundation Special Seminar
15 Nov 2012 Implications for Australia of the United States Pivot to the Indo Pacific - 2012 Annual Dinner
14 Nov 2012 Kokoda Foundation Professional Development Workshop 2012
30 Oct 2012 Kokoda Foundation Special Seminar
23 Oct 2012 Sydney YSLF - Prof Ross Babbage- The Military Rise of China: What Should the US and Australia Do?
18 Oct 2012 Canberra YSLF October Seminar - Mr Jason Mundy
19 Sep 2012 The Kokoda Young Strategic Leaders' Forum and USI of the ACT Present a Special September Seminar - MAJ GEN SOHAIL AHMAD KHAN
30 Aug 2012 YSLF August Networking Event
24 Jul 2012 Canberra YSLF - Challenges and Opportunities for Today’s Intelligence Community Dr Warren Tucker Director New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
21 Jun 2012 Canberra YSLF - Lieutenant General (retired) Agus Widjoyo
19 Apr 2012 Sydney Seminar - Senator The Hon David Feeney
12 Apr 2012 National Security Careers Night 2012
15 Mar 2012 YSLF March Networking Event
25 Jan 2012 Washington YSLF - AMB Kim Beazley and AMB Richard Armitage
19 Jan 2012 Media Launch "Sub Judice: Australia's Future Submarine"
30 Nov 2011 Kokoda Foundation Annual General Meeting
21 Nov 2011 Canberra YSLF - Nick Harvey MP – Minister of State (Minister for the Armed Forces) for the Ministry of Defence
14 Nov 2011 Sydney Seminar - Angel Rabasa, RAND Corporation
03 Nov 2011 Canberra YSLF - The Coming Famine: Risks and Solutions For Global Food Security
22 Sep 2011 Strategic Tides in Asia - Challenges and Opportunities: 2020-2030- 2011 Annual Seminar Dinner
22 Sep 2011 Young Strategic Leaders Professional Development Workshop 2011
08 Sep 2011 Canberra YSLF - National Crisis and Coordination Centre
27 Jul 2011 Canberra YSLF - Dr Tom Mahnken and David Hamon
19 Jul 2011 Sydney Seminar - Professor Michael L'Estrange
30 Jun 2011 Canberra YSLF - ASIO / ASIS: Their Role in the National Security Community
25 May 2011 Media Launch "Under the Sea Air Gap: Australia’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Challenge"
20 May 2011 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (May)
21 Apr 2011 YSLF April Seminar with Ambassador Jeffrey L. Bleich
24 Mar 2011 YSLF March Networking Event
24 Mar 2011 YSLF March Seminar Australia's Strategic Edge in 2030, Ross Babbage
23 Mar 2011 Kokoda Sydney Seminar - Optimising Australia's Response to the Cyber Challenge
24 Feb 2011 National Security Coordination in Australia, Duncan Lewis
04 Feb 2011 "Optimising Australia's Response to the Cyber Challenge" Media Launch
19 Jan 2011 General Sir David Richards GCB, CBE, DSO, ADC, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Armed Forces
03 Dec 2010 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (December)
19 Nov 2010 Options for Enhancing Trilateral Security Cooperation in the Western Pacific - Closed Workshop
18 Nov 2010 Enhancing Trilateral Security Cooperation in the Western Pacific - Annual Seminar Dinner
13 Oct 2010 Kokoda Foundation Annual General Meeting
30 Sep 2010 Collaborative Leadership, Roger Powell
09 Sep 2010 National Security in the 21st century – an address by the Director General of Security, ASIO, David Irvine
26 Aug 2010 Navy: Transition to Force 2030, RADM Davyd Thomas
29 Jul 2010 National Security in the Digital Age, Prakash Mirchandani
24 Jun 2010 Industry's Role in providing National Security
21 May 2010 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (May)
29 Apr 2010 Law and justice sector reform in the Pacific: How can Australia adapt its assistance to specific local contexts?
25 Mar 2010 National Security Careers Night