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In Reflection: 2018 AALD Forum Washington DC

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2018 AALD & YLD Academies: Fort Worth & Detroit, Michigan 

AALD Defense Academy Fort Worth, TX

In the lead up to the 2018 Leadership Dialogue Forum, the AALD hosted a dynamic and engaging Defense Academy in Fort Worth, TX: a collaboration with Lockheed Martin Australia & Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

The 2018 AALD Defense Academy program was curated by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and centered on the production and impact of the F-35 [Joint Strike Fighters] on the transitional defense landscapes of the United States and the Asia-Pacific.

The AALD would like to thank Vince Di Pietro, Vice-President & Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand, Gary North, Vice-President of Customer Requirements for Lockheed Marin Aeronautics, Steve Over, Director of F-35 International Strategy and Business Development & Jonathon Linn from the F-35 Business Development team for their support in delivering an outstanding program and insightful experience for all AALD delegates.

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2018 AALD Defence Academy Delegation | Fort Worth, TX

A further feature of the Academy in Fort Worth was the private visit to the President George W Bush Library. AALD Vice Chair, Julie Singer Scanlan AO conveyed our thanks to former US Ambassador Mel Sembler AO for his personal facilitation with President George W Bush, whereby delegates were treated to a comprehensive briefing by Colonel Miguel Howe (Ret).

2018 YLD Academy Detroit, Michigan

Sixty Australian and American Leaders from the Young Leadership Dialogue [YLD] and the YLD Alumni Program participated in a three-day academy in Detroit Michigan, prior to attending the AALD Washington DC Forum.

The program explored key factors that are contributing to Detroit’s renaissance, the social and economic challenges facing the city, and Michigan’s shifting political landscape.

Delegates experienced a first-hand look at this revitalization in action, engaging with local leaders at visits to Quicken Loans, General Motors, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, and TechTown.

The AALD would like to thank YLD US delegate, Alan Carroll and YLD US Program Managers, Mary Kertz Jones and George Holman for their efforts in developing the program and acknowledge Seth Watts and the YLD Steering Committee for their support of the YLD Academy, Detroit.

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2018 YLD Academy Delegation | Detroit

2018 AALD Forum 

On July 10th-12th 2018, the Australian American Leadership Dialogue [AALD] hosted its annual Leadership Dialogue Forum in Washington DC. 

100 Years of Mateship

2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the first time Australian and US troops fought side by side in an offensive action, at the Battle of Hamel on France’s Western Front. As a tribute to celebrating the 100 Years of Mateship, AALD and YLD Delegates-led by military officials from the Australian Embassy-went on the AALD Mateship Walk, embracing all monuments reflecting wars in which Australians and Americans fought shoulder to shoulder.

The AALD Mateship Walk concluded at the Institute of Peace, reflecting hope for the future.

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2018 Mateship Walk | Washington DC

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2018 YLD Delegation | United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC

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In conversation with President of United States Institute of Peace, Nancy Lindbourg & Thom Woodroofe | United States Institute of Peace

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2018 YLD Delegation | United States Institute of Peace

In closed-door sessions, delegates from government, academia and industry explored the ways in which Australia and the United States can preserve and strengthen the political and economic ties that bind them, and in particular, the importance of strengthening our people-to-people ties.

Highlights of the 2018 Leadership Dialogue Forum included:

  • 2018 Welcome Reception held at the United States Supreme Court, where our delegates were formally hosted by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, and welcomed by US Senator Roy Blunt, Co-Chair of the Senate Friends of Australia Caucus and former Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration and Former United States Deputy Attorney General, Jamie Gorelick.
  • 2018 Gala Dinner, hosted by Deputy Secretary of State, John. J. Sullivan in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the US State Department, where our 2018 Honoree, Ambassador Paula Dobriansky was acknowledged. Other speakers included: Australian Treasurer, The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Senator The Hon Penny Wong and Bruce Reed.
  • 2018 BBQ, hosted by Australian Ambassador to the United States, The Hon. Joe Hockey at his residence in Washington DC.

We thank the AALD Board members, under Chairman The Hon. Mark Vaile AO and Vice-Chair Julie Singer Scanlan AO and our head office team for their steadfast support.

We also pay special tribute to Chair of the 2018 Organizing Committee, Seth Watts and his committee for their tireless efforts. Most of all, we are indebted to our sponsors, without whom, none of our year round programs and engagements would be possible.

The 2018 AALD Forum Library can be viewed below:

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2018 Delegation | Welcome Reception, United States Supreme Court

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Congressman Joe Courtney & Senator The Hon. Penny Wong | Welcome Reception, United States Supreme Court

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2018 AALD Scholar Congressman Brad Wenstrup | Welcome Reception, United States Supreme Court

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In conversation with: Former United States Deputy Attorney General, Jamie Gorelick | Welcome Reception, United States Supreme Court

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AALD Honorary Company Treasurer, Seth Watts | Welcome Reception, United States Supreme Court

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Senator Roy Blunt | Welcome Reception, United States Supreme Court

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Paul Kelly, Peta Credlin, Peter Hartcher, Janine Perrett & David Speers

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AALD Founder Phil Scanlan AM, David Irvine, Essye B. Miller & Michael Rogers

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The Hon. Tony Abbott MP in Session

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Robert Zoellick in Session

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Rick Geritz, Phil Smith & John Paitaridis | Gala Dinner, US State Department

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James Bell & Matthew Renninger | Gala Dinner, US State Department

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Neri Martinez, AALD Honorary Company Treasurer Seth Watts & The Hon. Peter Khalil MP | Gala Dinner, US State Department

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Lyria Bennett Moses & Michelle Blanchard | Gala Dinner, US State Department

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AALD Chair The Hon. Mark Vaile AO, US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, AALD Vice-Chair Julie Singer Scanlan AO, Melissa Babbage, AALD Founder Phil Scanlan AM, Matt Matthews & Australian Ambassador to the United States The Hon. Joe Hockey | Gala Dinner, US State Department

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2018 AALD Gala Dinner | Benjamin Franklin Room, US State Department

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Keynote Address, US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan | Benjamin Franklin Room, US State Department

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2018 AALD Honoree Ambassador Paula Dobriansky & AALD Vice-Chair Julie Singer Scanlan AO | Gala Dinner, US State Department

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Australian Treasurer The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP & Senator the Hon. Penny Wong

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Plenary Session: The Future of the Alliance in the Age of Disruption

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2018 AALD Delegation | Washington DC

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2018 YLD Delegation | Washington DC

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Australian Ambassador to the United States The Hon. Joe Hockey & AALD Director John Streicker | BBQ at Ambassador’s Residence

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AALD Director Chris Hancock, Congressman Joe Courtney & AALD Honorary Company Secretary Susie Reece-Jones | BBQ at Ambassador’s Residence

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YLD Co-Chairs Michelle Blanchard and Mark Swinnerton & AALD Founder Phil Scanlan AM | BBQ at Ambassador’s Residence

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Australian Ambassador to the United States The Hon. Joe Hockey | BBQ at Ambassador’s Residence

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John Paitaridis, AALD Founder Phil Scanlan AM & Michael Rogers | BBQ at Ambassador’s Residence

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AALD Chair The Hon. Mark Vaile AO | BBQ at Ambassador’s Residence

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AALD Director Innes Willox & Dougal Robinson | BBQ at Ambassador’s Residence

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Stephanie Zieno, Susan Wright & Len Sciacca | BBQ at Ambassador’s Residence