Women in National Security Course: leadership & impact

National Security College | Professional course
Women in National Security Course: leadership & Impact


The course builds on the voices heard at the successful Women in National Security Conference 2018. Presenting a range of leaders and academics, this 2-day intensive course examines the challenges and opportunities for women leading, or seeking to lead, in defence, cyber, law enforcement, intelligence, border control and/or foreign affairs.

Course date: 
9am 19 September – 5pm 20 September 2019
National Security College, Level 3, Crawford Building #132 , 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

A fee of $2,250 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,700 (GST ex). 2019 Dates TBC

Course overview

The course builds on the voices heard at the successful Women in National Security Conference 2018. Presenting a range of leaders and academics, this 2-day intensive course examines challenges and opportunities for women leading, or seeking to lead, in defence, cyber, law enforcement, intelligence, border control and/or foreign affairs. Woman in national security are having an increasing positive impact across these areas, adding depth and diversity to counter the current threats to security here in Australian and globally.Woman in national security are having an increasing positive impact across these areas, adding depth and diversity to counter current threats to security both here in Australia and globally.

Join us to consider the impact of gender on national security policy and decision-making, implementation and practice. Explore the value of women’s participation and leadership. Link theory and concepts, with experience and contemporary practice, drawing on frank insights from senior leaders. Benefit from the insights of key speakers with experience and high-level involvement in Australia’s agenda on women and national security.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for practitioners in the Australian national security community, men and women, in the public and private sectors, who would benefit from an improved awareness of the postive impact gender has on national security outcomes, in theory and practice.

Please click here to register or contact us at epd.nsc@anu.edu.au for further information.

Course convenor

Ms Sandra Bourke, Facilitator

Sandra Bourke joined the National Security College in February 2018, on secondment from the Home Affairs portfolio, as a Manager in the Executive and Professional Development team. Her career focus has been on intelligence, criminology and defence, in particular delivering and managing technology as an enabling capability for national security. Sandra’s career commenced in 1990 as a serving AFP Detective before moving into intelligence management positions at the former National Crime Authority and at the NSW Police. Between 1996 and 1998, Sandra also taught theoretical criminology part time at the University of Western Sydney (undergrad). In 2004, Sandra helped establish and manage the first NSW Police Project Management Office. A highlight project was the establishment of the State Crime Command. This role led to broader PM experience in the private sector with a focus on technology. This included operational management at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University. In 2011, Sandra took up the position of Director, Air Force Improvement at Headquarters Air Command. In 2015, Sandra was transferred to Canberra under the Defence Executive Development program. She recently returned to the criminal justice sector, focusing on ICT capabilities for national security. Sandra’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Education and Government) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Social Science (Criminology) from Charles Sturt University. Sandra is currently enrolled in a Master of National Security Policy (Advanced) at the ANU NSC.

Course presenter(s)

Dr Sue Thompson, ANU NSC

Dr Sue Thompson has extensive experience in academia, government, the media and the non-government sector. In academia Dr Thompson has taught a range of history and politics courses at ANU and the University of Canberra. Her research specialisation examines the history of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia during the Cold War with a focus on foreign power influences – especially American – in the post-war evolution of Southeast Asian regionalism. Dr Thompson has conducted extensive fieldwork in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia and is currently working on her second sole-authored book on this topic, which will be published in 2018. Dr Thompson’s research has previously been awarded funding by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, the Eisenhower Presidential Library Foundation and the Gerald Ford Presidential Library Foundation, amongst others. Prior to joining the ANU, Dr Thompson was the research coordinator at the Asia-Pacific Civil Military Centre of Excellence, in the Australian Department of Defence, working on complex issues of coordinating civil, military and police personnel in conflict zones, disaster relief missions, post-conflict reconstruction and peacekeeping missions. Dr Thompson completed her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in the United Kingdom. Dr Thompson holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor degree with honours from the Australian National University. Before embarking on her PhD studies, Dr Thompson worked for a minister in the Australian Government. Following this Dr Thompson worked as a journalist for the Associated Press, based in London, producing a wide range of international news stories. Dr Thompson has also worked in the non-government sector, notably as a corporate affairs officer for the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and as a communications and policy officer for the Mental Health Council of Australia.

Dr Jennifer S. Hunt

Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt is a lecturer in the National Security College and a research associate at the US Studies Centre. Publishing on comparative national security policy in the US, Australia, and the Arab Gulf, her research portfolio examines the intersection between defense, energy, and economic security issues. Dr. Hunt holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in International Security from the University of Sydney. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA) where she was captain of the Women’s Sabre Fencing team. From 2011-2012, she was a visiting researcher at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. As part of her research and consulting practice, Dr. Hunt also attended the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi, and studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan. Prior to joining the NSC, Dr. Hunt was based at the University of Sydney US Studies Centre, the Centre for International Security Studies, and Sydney Business School. She has been student-nominated for teaching awards across security studies, business and politics departments. Along with her academic areas of specialisation, Dr. Hunt also publishes on applied research methods. Together with Dr. Zina O’Leary, Workplace Research: Conducting small scale applied research, was published by Sage in 2016.

Research interests • International Security • Energy Security • US politics • Gulf political economy • Research methods
Teaching Research Methods Energy Security National Security Policy and Risk

Commodore Michele Miller AM

Commodore Michele Miller AM, Royal Australian Navy joined the National Security College in July 2018 as a Navy Visiting Fellow, supporting the ongoing NSC relationship with the Sea Power Centre - Australia. Michele has served as a warfare officer in the Royal Australian Navy for over 30 years, spending the majority of her career at sea, including command of two ships, the last being the Frigate HMAS PERTH, and contributing to operations and engagement from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific. Michele has served in capability development, headquarters roles, and more recently in strategic workforce planning as the Director General Navy People Branch. For her endeavours in command and the development of Navy people, Michele was appointed in 2018 as a Member of the Order of Australia in the Military Division. Michele is a graduate of the University of New South Wales (ADFA), has post-graduate qualifications in Management (Defence Studies) from the University of Canberra, and Maritime Studies from the University of Wollongong, and holds a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies from Deakin University. Her Masters theses examined Australia’s national interests and policy options on issues in the South China Sea. She is a graduate of the Australian Defence College’s Command and Staff Course, and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and serves on the board of the veteran’s charity, Soldier On. Michele is married to a serving Air Force officer and they entertain one primary school daughter.

Ms Jacinta Carroll Director National Security Policy, NSC

Jacinta Carroll joined the National Security College as the Director, National Security Policy, in August 2017. She is a member of NSC’s Futures Council and works across the NSC’s professional development, policy and academic programs. Previously, Jacinta was the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter Terrorism Policy Centre, a position she held since August 2015. Jacinta joined ASPI from the Australian Government where she had held a variety of Senior Executive appointments, and worked in the Department of Defence and the Attorney-General’s Department. Her career experience includes working on national security, counter-terrorism, strategic policy, border security, military operations, campaign planning and scenario development, information management, and international policy with a particular focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan; she has served in Iraq. Jacinta is a graduate of the Australian National University, has post-graduate qualifications in management from Flinders University, and holds Masters degrees from the University of Sydney and Deakin University. Her Masters theses examined United Nations Peacekeeping, and Asia-Pacific Regional Security. She is a graduate of the Australian Defence College’s Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Graduate School of Management, and serves on a number of boards including the United Service Institute - ACT and John XXIII College ANU. She has completed the Defence and Industry Study Course, the Australian Public Sector Management Course and the Middle East Diplomats course at the Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a member of the AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Network and the National Security and Terrorism Program Advisory Council, Deakin University.

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