NSC Alumni Breakfast - National Security Workforce Planning: Developing Contemporary Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

National Security College

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Date & time

Friday 23 August 2019


Hedley Bull 2, Hedley Bull Centre, 130 Garran Road, Acton


Mr Nicholas Rasmussen & Air Commodore Sue McGready, CSC


02 6125 2233

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Breakfast available from 7.30am. Seminar to commence at 8am.

This NSC alumni breakfast seminar will explore contemporary issues facing workforce development in the national security community. How does the changing security landscape and future operating environment influence the knowledge, skills and attributes required by government employees (including ADF personnel) today? Are the current skills and capabilities of contemporary government employees relevant to emerging challenges facing Australia? And, how can government build leaders to navigate policy and operations in an era of uncertainty? This seminar will examine how government can capture non-traditional skill sets, and foster career mobility between agencies and between the private sector.


Mr Nicholas Rasmussen, Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Australian National University

Mr Nicholas Rasmussen is Senior Director for National Security and Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Rasmussen is a national security professional with over twenty-seven years in U.S. government service, including in senior counterterrorism posts at the White House and in the U.S. Intelligence Community from 2001 to 2017. He concluded his government career as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), leading more than 1,000 professionals from across the Intelligence Community, federal government, and federal contractor workforce. Rasmussen served in senior posts across three administrations, including as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff under Presidents Bush and Obama before being appointed Director of NCTC by President Obama and continuing his tenure at the request of President Trump’s administration.

From 1991-2001, he served in policy positions at the Department of State, focused on the Middle East. He holds appointments as Distinguished Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University as Visiting Professor of Practice at the School of Law, University of Texas at Austin; as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National Security College of Australia National University; and as Non-resident Fellow at the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. Rasmussen holds a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Air Commodore Sue McGready, CSC, Director General Defence Force Recruiting, Australian Defence Force

Air Commodore McGready is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australian Command and Staff College and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. She undertook operational service in Somalia with the United Nations. She has 30 years of experience in logistics and personnel in the Australian Defence Force and is currently Director General Defence Force Recruiting.

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