Global threats and opportunities - how does Australia respond?
Our Next Circle
For leaders in Portfolio Careers
Staying engaged with the business and wider community
Our Next Circle is an extension of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle for C-level executives and Directors who are in/moving from full-time employment into a Portfolio Career.
The objective is to build a community of shared experiences, ideas, knowledge transfer for those who wish to stay engaged in the business community and wider society.
Our Next Circle presents an off-the-record conversation with
General Joseph W. Ralston, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (2000-2003), Commander, US European Command (2000-2003), Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (1996-2000)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d), Former Chief of the Australian Defence Force
“Global threats and opportunities - how does Australia respond?”
You are invited to share an off-the-record dialogue with two of the most recent senior military figures in the United States and Australia as they discuss some of the key geo-political and economic issues facing the global community and their implications for Australia.
Date: Monday 4 March
Time: 5.30 – 6.00 – 7.15 pm
Venue: BDO 1 Margaret St, Sydney
Tickets: $110 inclusive of GST
General Joseph Ralston
In 2003, General Joseph Ralston completed a distinguished 37-year Air Force career as Commander, US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO. As NATO commander, General Ralston commanded approximately 65,000 troops from 39 NATO and other nations participating in ongoing operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
As Commander of the US European Command from 2000 to 2003, General Ralston was the senior US military officer and commander of all US forces in an area of responsibility that covers more than 21 million square miles and includes 93 nations. In this command, he faced and met many challenges. He deepened the command's role in Central Asia and the Caucasus through humanitarian missions and through military training assistance for Operation Enduring Freedom. He led the command in daily missions in the war against terrorism, from the streets of Bosnia to the waters of the Mediterranean. And he oversaw air operations in the no-fly zone over Northern Iraq.
Previously, General Ralston served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1996-2000), the nation's second highest-ranking military officer. In that role, General Ralston chaired the powerful Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC), which validated the requirements for nearly every program of the Department of Defense.
Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defense Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.
In July 2011, Sir Angus retired as Chief of the Australian Defense Force after 41 years of service in the military.
In July 2014, Sir Angus was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to lead Australia’s efforts to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster. Sir Angus also led the Joint Agency Coordination Center coordinating the Australian Government’s support for the search into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014. In 2012, Sir Angus led the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.