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Disruption and Deterrence: The 2023 ASPI Conference

Speakers Hon Richard Marles MP, Hon Pat Conroy MP, General Angus J. Campbell AO DSC, Dr Ross Babbage, Amrit Bagia, Steve Baxter, Angus Bean, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton, Dr Alex Bristow, Ms Gai Brodtmann, Dr Alex Caples, Lisa Curtis, Malcolm Davis, Robert Glasser, Euan Graham, Maynard Holliday, Takeshi Ishikawa , Jennifer Jackett , Hugh Jeffrey , Kate Louis, Ignacio Briones Madriaga, Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead AO RAN, Dr Go Myong-Hyun, Jennifer Parker, James Paterson, Sarah Pavillard, Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Major General Anthony Rawlins DSC, AM, Dr Brad Roberts , Corry Roberts, Dr Kori Schake, Paul Scharre, Matthew Schlueter, Bec Shrimpton, Carley Scott OAM, Andrew Shearer, Sean Singleton, Lieutenant General Stephen D. Sklenka, Courtney Stewart, Dr Marcus Thompson , Ashley Townshend, Andi Widjajanto and Dr Isaiah Wilson III

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) is pleased to announce that we will hold our annual conference, ‘Disruption and Deterrence’, on 14-15 September 2023.

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Our region and our world are in a period of major strategic disruption, with China’s rise creating instability in the Indo-Pacific and Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine bringing catastrophic war to Europe for the first time in decades. Effective deterrence, built upon a strong Australian Defence Force that works closely with allies and partners, will be a vital part of ensuring a sustainable strategic balance in the Indo-Pacific.

The simultaneous disruptive power of rapid changes in technology carries risks and opportunities for Australia and its partners as they invest in superior capabilities and look to integrate those capabilities into a seamless force.

How Australia harnesses all elements of its national power - military, technological, industrial, economic and diplomatic - is a vital conversation to which our conference will make a lasting contribution.

The conference will bring together Australian government ministers, senior defence officials, leading industry figures, and international experts to tackle these challenges, and explore key  trends and areas of innovation.

As one of the most highly-anticipated events on the calendar for the national security community, the ASPI conference will be an unparalleled networking opportunity while also seeking to inform, stimulate and generate real discussion.

It will also feature a mix of keynote addresses, panel discussions, interactive events and technical demonstrations, on current and emerging issues including:

  • Innovation and disruption in defence
  • AUKUS, submarines and critical technology
  • The implications of the Defence Strategic Review
  • Hybrid threats and grey zone operations
  • Cybersecurity and cyberwarfare
  • The new space domain
  • Climate and national security
  • Global and regional trends

Cost: $2200 (GST included).

More Information and Registration

Please note, ticket purchases include admission to both days of the conference as well as the official dinner to be hosted on Thursday 14 September from 6.30pm - 9.30pm, with a special guest 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.

Hon Pat Conroy MP

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

General Angus J. Campbell AO DSC

General Angus J. Campbell, AO, DSC is the Chief of the Australian Defence Force.

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

Amrit Bagia

Amrit (Ami) Bagia joined ASPI as a senior fellow in November 2023, after leaving her position on the Biden-Harris Administration’s National Security Council.

Steve Baxter

Tech start-up investor Steve Baxter is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands.

Angus Bean

Angus merges the various fields of mechanical hardware, electronics, software, digital interface and technology.

Lieutenant General Greg Bilton

Lieutenant General Greg Bilton is the Chief of Joint Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command.

Dr Alex Bristow

Alex Bristow is Senior Analyst in ASPI’s Professional Development Centre and also works closely with ASPI’s Defence Strategy and National Security Program.

Ms Gai Brodtmann

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

Dr Alex Caples

Dr Alex Caples is Director of The Sydney Dialogue, ASPI's annual summit for critical, emerging and cyber technologies.

Lisa Curtis

Lisa Curtis is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is a foreign policy and national security expert with over 20 years of service in the U.S.

Malcolm Davis

Dr. Malcolm Davis joined ASPI as a Senior Analyst in Defence Strategy and Capability in January 2016.

Robert Glasser

Dr Robert Glasser is the Head of the ASPI Climate and Security Policy Centre.

Euan Graham

Dr Euan Graham joined ASPI as a Senior Analyst in July 2023.

Maynard Holliday

Mr. Maynard Holliday is Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Critical Technologies (PTDO, ASD (CT)).

Takeshi Ishikawa

Present Assignment: President, National Institute for Defense Studies

Education: Bachelor in Economics, University of Tokyo

Service Career:

Jennifer Jackett

Jennifer Jackett is working to help liberal democracies prevail as global technology leaders to maximise their prosperity and security.

Hugh Jeffrey

Mr Jeffrey joined Defence in August 2018, as First Assistant Secretary International Policy, and was appointed as Deputy Secretary Strategy, Policy, and Industry

Kate Louis

Kate joined the Australian Industry Group in 2017 following an extensive career in the Department of Defence.

Ignacio Briones Madriaga

Undersecretary Ignacio Briones Madriaga is a combat-tested military officer in the fields of infantry, psychological operations, in

Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead AO RAN

Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead is the inaugural Director-General of the Australian Submarine Agency.

Dr Go Myong-Hyun

Dr GO Myong-Hyun is a senior research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr.

Jennifer Parker

Jennifer Parker was the Deputy Director Defence of ASPI’s Defence, Strategy and National Security program.

James Paterson

Senator James Paterson is a Liberal Senator for Victoria. First elected in March 2016 at age 28, Senator Paterson is the youngest Liberal ever elected to the Senate.

Sarah Pavillard

Ms Sarah Pavillard is the founder and CEO of ADROITA, and an ex-Royal Australian Navy Weapons Engineer.

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Dr Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan is the Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

Major General Anthony Rawlins DSC, AM

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

Dr Brad Roberts

Dr Brad Roberts has served as director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 2015.

Corry Roberts

Corry Roberts joined Thales in 2015 and is a member of Thales Australia’s Executive Leadership Team.

Dr Kori Schake

Kori Schake leads the foreign and defense policy team at the American Enterprise Institute.  She is the author of Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony, a

Paul Scharre

Paul Scharre is the Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at CNAS.

Matthew Schlueter

Matthew Schlueter is a core member of Boston Consulting Group’s Public Sector and Operations practices.

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

Carley Scott OAM

Carley is a sought-after commercial space and strategy expert.

Andrew Shearer

Andrew Shearer commenced duty as Director-General of the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) on 18 December 2020.

Sean Singleton

Sean Singleton is Partner and Vice President of Business Development at America’s Frontier Fund, where he leads the team’s capital acquisition and fundraising activities.

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.

Courtney Stewart

Ms Courtney Stewart is a Senior Managing Consultant at OCRT.

Dr Marcus Thompson

Dr Marcus Thompson is a retired Major General who served 34 years in the Australian Army.  Graduating from the Royal Military College in 1988, Marcus was allocated to the Ro

Ashley Townshend

Ashley Townshend is a senior fellow for Indo-Pacific security at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Andi Widjajanto

Andi Widjajanto, born in Jakarta, 3 September

Dr Isaiah Wilson III

Dr. Isaiah (Ike) Wilson III (Colonel, U.S. Army, retired) has earned a reputation as a versatile and innovative soldier-scholar.