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2024 ASPI Conference: JoiningFORCES

JoiningFORCES: The 2024 ASPI Defence Conference

Speakers Hon Richard Marles MP, Minister for Defence Pål Jonson, Hon Pat Conroy MP, Major General Anthony Rawlins DSC, AM, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull AC, The Hon Marise Payne, Ms Gai Brodtmann, Justin Bassi, Dr Ross Babbage, Eric Chewning, Jeff Connolly, Peter J. Dean, Irineo Cruz Espino, John Fitzgerald , Stephan Frühling, Sophia Gaston, John Garnaut, Dr Frédéric Grare, Dr Michael J. Green, Sir Nick Hine KCB, Amanda Holt, Ben Hudson, Dr Bee Yun Jo, Linda Lourie, Dr Curie Maharani, Carlo Masala, Dr Narushige Michishita, Dr James Renwick, Heather J. Richman, Bec Shrimpton, Lieutenant General Stephen D. Sklenka, Rebecca Skinner PSM, MAJGEN (ret’d) Paul Symon AO, James Tennant, Peter Tesch and Christine Zeitz

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute is pleased to announce that our annual defence conference, ‘JoiningFORCES’, will be held on 4-5 June 2024 in Canberra.

The JoiningFORCES conference will explore ways to bridge national and international boundaries to deliver more joint, collective and effective defence. Speakers and participants will consider new ways to align strategy, capability and industry, and to drive more potent collaboration between those who plan our defence, those who deliver the kit and those who achieve the effects.

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It will also bring together government ministers, senior defence officials, leading industry figures, and international experts across the two-day event and formal dinner. We will explore questions related to defence funding, including by leveraging private capital into the defence enterprise. Our program will focus strongly on the deterrence challenge for Australia, for the region and for our global partners, with an emphasis on stimulating conversations and insights that can shape and influence policy.

This year’s event will break new ground. We will use collaborative wargaming and scenario exercise techniques to generate insights on enhancing regional deterrence. Our focus will be on strategic and operational level challenges and will consider the vital role of industry in delivering capability at the speed needed to meet the strategic threats Australia faces. This element of the conference is highly interactive, with a facilitated discussion that draws on the perspectives of participants. Plausible scenarios will be used to provide a context for detailed discussions that reach outcomes and conclusions about how national and international actors can work together to better assess regional deterrence dynamics and develop options to enhance deterrence. This day will feature experts with deep and diverse experience in the development of policy, capability, operational and industry needs.

We will challenge traditional thinking and engage participants on our most pressing defence and national security problems.

Cost (GST included):

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Please note, this is an in-person only event. Ticket purchases include admission to both days of the event as well as a formal dinner to be hosted on Tuesday 4 June from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, with a special keynote speaker.

For general information, or to sponsor the event, please contact [email protected]. For media opportunities, please contact [email protected].


Hon Richard Marles MP

The Hon. Richard Marles MP is the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Minister for Defence and the Federal Member for Corio.

Minister for Defence Pål Jonson

Dr Pål Jonson is the current Minister for Defence of the Kingdom of Sweden, assuming office in 2022. He has been a member of the Riksdag since 2016.

Hon Pat Conroy MP

Hon Pat Conroy is the Minister for International Development and the Pacific & Minister for Defence Industry. 

Major General Anthony Rawlins DSC, AM

MAJGEN Anthony (Tony) Rawlins was born in Narrabri, NSW on 24 Mar 1968.

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull AC

Australia’s 29th Prime Minister (2015-2018) had international careers in law, business and the media before entering politics at the age of 50. 

The Hon Marise Payne

Marise is an accomplished and considered strategic leader, highly experienced in foreign policy, national security and strategic issues.

Ms Gai Brodtmann

Gai Brodtmann was appointed Chair of ASPI Council in June 2023, after serving a term as a member from 2020.

Justin Bassi

Justin Bassi is the Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Dr Ross Babbage

Dr Ross Babbage is Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Forum Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation committed to fostering high-level discussions and debates on the prima

Eric Chewning

Eric D. Chewning is Executive Vice President of Strategy & Development for HII, an all-domain defense and technologies partner and America’s largest shipbuilder.

Jeff Connolly

Jeff Connolly is the Chief Executive Officer for Thales Australia and New Zealand.

Peter J. Dean

Professor Peter J. Dean PhD SFHEA is the Director, Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Irineo Cruz Espino

Senior Undersecretary Irineo Cruz Espino is a retired Lieutenant General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) from Pulilan, Bulacan.

John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald is Emeritus Professor at Swinburne Univer

Stephan Frühling

Professor Stephan Frühling researches and teaches at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, and has widely published on Australian defence polic

Sophia Gaston

Sophia Gaston is a geopolitical analyst and researcher focused on the Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific security theatres.

John Garnaut

John Garnaut is founder of GARNAUT GLOBAL, where he and his business partner Matt Pottinger assist clients to navigate the opaque world of Chinese elite politics and p

Dr Frédéric Grare

Dr Frédéric Grare is Senior Research Fellow at the National Security College in Canberra, Associate Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations(E

Dr Michael J. Green

Dr Michael Jonathan Green is a professor and chief executive officer at the United States Studies Centre.

Sir Nick Hine KCB

Nick is Managing Director for Babcock plc leading on all AUKUS relationships and future programming and the lead for new international business.

Amanda Holt

Amanda Holt is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of SYPAQ.

Ben Hudson

Ben Hudson was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of BAE Systems Australia on 1st February 2022.

Dr Bee Yun Jo

Dr Bee Yun JO is Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Security and Strategy(defense strategy division), Korea Institute for Defens

Linda Lourie

Linda Lourie is currently a Principal with WestExec Advisors.

Dr Curie Maharani

Curie is a lecturer for the streaming of Security Studies at Binus University and the executive director of the Indo-Pacific Strategic Intelligence (ISI)- a newly founded think tank in Indonesia.

Carlo Masala

Professor Masala studied political science, German and Romance Philology from 1988-1992.

Dr Narushige Michishita

Narushige Michishita is executive vice president and professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo.

Dr James Renwick

Dr James Renwick AM CSC SC was Australia’s 3rd Independent National 

Heather J. Richman

Heather Jo Richman is a seasoned corporate development and strategy expert with a longstanding focus on the intersection of national security, technology, and investme

Bec Shrimpton

Bec is Director Defence Strategy and National Security at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, having previously been responsible for convening The Sydney Dialogue, Australia’s premier policy

Lieutenant General Stephen D. Sklenka

Lieutenant General Sklenka is from Marietta, Georgia and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1988 after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History.

Rebecca Skinner PSM

Rebecca is the former CEO of Services Australia with a broad background in Defence and national security.

MAJGEN (ret’d) Paul Symon AO

Paul served as the 12th Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) from 2017-2022.

James Tennant

James is a Partner at BOKA Holdings, a leading AUKUS Investment House in London, Sydney and New York.

Peter Tesch

Peter Tesch had a distinguished 35-year career in the Australian fe

Christine Zeitz

Christine Zeitz is a leader in Australia’s defence industry, with over 30 years’ experience delivering world-class solutions and services across the Asia Pacific region to Defence, security, ICT an