The Sir Richard Williams Foundation

The Sir Richard Williams Foundation is an independent research organisation whose purpose is to promote the development and effective implementation of national security and defence policies as they impact on Australia’s ability to generate air power appropriate to its unique geopolitical environment and values.


The Foundation aims to strengthen Australia’s national security by advocating the need for forward-looking policies which take full advantage of the potential for air power to shape and influence regional security; and by promoting constructive debate regarding the implementation of such policies.

Global reach: ADF capabilities boost Australian soft power

Membership & Affiliations

The Sir Richard Williams Foundation conducts its operations independently and has no political or industry ties. Other service organisations, the RAAF Association, Army Aviation Association and the Fleet Air Arm Association are affiliated with the Foundation.

The Foundation's activities are directed and managed by its Board. The Board comprises up to 12 eminent aerospace leaders, security strategists and an Executive Officer.  Members' business affiliations are listed in their biographies.  Members are required to absent themselves from any discussion which might create a conflict of interest.

Annual membership is for 12 months from date of joining.  Reminders will be sent to your email address when renewal of membership is due.  Contact for details.

5th Generation Air Combat Capability Essay/Article competition

The Williams Foundation A$3000 prize winner announced for the best essay or article on what will be the challenges and opportunities afforded by the acquisition of 5th Generation capabilities such as the JSF. See details