Upcoming events

    • 22 Oct 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Alastair Swayn Theatre, Brindabella Conference Centre, Building 35, Brindabella Business Park

    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 - 4:30 PM
          • National Gallery of Australia, ACT


          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 Joint operations involving peer competitors.

          Within this context, the 2019/20 seminars will further develop the ideas associated with an increasingly sophisticated approach to Joint warfighting and power projection as we face increasing pressure to maintain influence and a capability edge in the region. In doing so, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation will continue 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 seminar in October 2019 is titled ‘The Requirements of Fifth Generation Manoeuvre’ and will examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force must equip and organise for multi-domain operations.

          In April 2020, we will expand on the theme and focus on ‘Preparedness for Fifth Generation Manoeuvre’. This seminar will explore the readiness, training and sustainment activities necessary to prepare for a broad range of possible contingencies in support of national security objectives, which might involve acting independently in the broader region.

          Seminar Outline

          Fifth generation manoeuvre will go hand-in-hand with the Australian Defence Force’s ability to orchestrate a rapid increase in tempo and open up new ways and means of projecting power and undertaking an indirect approach to warfare. Building upon the existing foundations of Australian Defence Force manoeuvre capability, the aim of the October seminar is to explore the differences in character and attributes of fifth generation manoeuvre and identify potential gaps in the way we must think, equip and organise to meet emerging national security outcomes.

          The seminar will consider manoeuvre from a historical perspective and evolve the concept to the emerging policy and requirements of contemporary operations, especially as they relate to power projection and the emergence of the electromagnetic spectrum as a warfighting domain in its own right.

          It will examine how we sense, make sense, and decide within the emerging operational environment and highlight the increasingly sophisticated and integrated relationship between the human and technology and the trusted autonomous systems which will characterise fifth generation operations.

          The seminar will further examine the enduring requirement for situational awareness as a prerequisite for operational success, and the challenges of developing a broader understanding of the environment and communicating command intent to enable manoeuvre, especially when the electromagnetic spectrum is both contested and congested. Multi-domain command and control will be a critical enabler for fifth generation manoeuvre with communication and network resilience a fundamental consideration in force design and employment.

          The seminar will also highlight the ongoing need to inculcate a fifth generation mindset into combat support and combat service support functions to better exploit the advantages of greater access and movement of information as well as the traditional physical enablers of manoeuvre. It will consider the role of critical infrastructure and geography and the opportunities and risks associated with the Australian operating environment.

          The Sir Richard Williams Foundation has identified pre-eminent speakers from across the Australian and international defence communities, as well as inviting industry representatives to reflect the integral role they will play in the national framework of future operational capability.

          Download the Draft Program 

          The Williams Foundation would like to thank our sponsors. 
          • 12 Nov 2019
          • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
          • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

          Advanced Attack Helicopters in the Amphibious Role

          Dedicated attack helicopters grew out of applying the vertical envelopment combat lessons learned in Vietnam. They then evolved from jungle warfare to land based and amphibious attack roles.

          Because landing on a ship is not the same as living on a ship, the US Marine Corps made numerous modifications to these new attack platforms for life at sea.

          Attack operations from sea-based platforms present unique challenges…challenges not associated with land based platforms. While numerous, these challenges can be mitigated through proper aircraft design, maintenance, and employment.

          Lieutenant General George J. Trautman, III USMC (Ret.)

          Lieutenant General Trautman is a distinguished alumnus of Pennsylvania State University. He holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and Master of Arts degrees in International Relations from

          Salve Regina University and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and he served as a Fellow in Residence at the Brookings Institution.

          He began his Marine Corps career as an aviator in 1974. During almost 37 years on active duty he served in a wide variety of assignments and commanded units at every level prior to his retirement in 2011. In his last assignment as the Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation he oversaw aviation forces consisting of 40,000 officers and enlisted Marines and was responsible for developing requirements and transition plans for the delivery of new aircraft such as the MV-­22 Osprey, KC-­130J Hercules, UH-­1YVenom, AH-­1Z Viper, and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

          In addition to his military career, Lieutenant General Trautman has a long record of community involvement and board service. Since his retirement, he formed G. J. Trautman Enterprises, a defense and aerospace consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Dedicated to providing guidance to clients in both government and industry, he currently serves as a board member and senior consultant to defense and non-defense companies seeking assistance in strategy development, project management, and the Department of Defense programming and budgeting process.


        Past events

        07 Aug 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: Coalition Warfighting and Pacific AOR Interoperability with LTG Michael Oates (Ret'd)
        16 Jul 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: Royal Australian Navy: Future vision and Headmark 2022 with VADM Michael Noonan AO RAN, Chief of Navy
        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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