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FOR PRESS ยท D efence P . R. No. 2 8 l /6 9

T uesday, 8 t h A p r i l , 1969

VISIT BY UNITED STATES NATIONAL WAR COLLEGE

( S ta te m e n t by t h e M i n i s t e r f o r D e fe n c e , Hon. A l l e n

F a i r h a l l , M .P .)

The M i n i s t e r f o r D e fe n c e , Mr. A lle n F a i r h a l l , s a i d

t o d a y . t h a t a p a r t y from t h e U n ite d S t a t e s N a t i o n a l War C o lle g e

would be v i s i t i n g A u s t r a l i a a s p a r t o f a t h r e e week s tu d y t o u r

i n t h e F a r E a s t .

The g roup o f 35 c i v i l i a n and m i l i t a r y members o f t h e

1969 C l a s s , members o f t h e f a c u l t y and s t a f f w i l l be l e d by

C o lo n e l Ben L. A n d erso n , o f t h e U n ite d S t a t e s Army. The s t u d e n t s

a r e s e n i o r o f f i c e r s from t h e U n ite d S t a t e s D e p a rtm e n ts o f S t a t e '

and D e fe n c e , Army, Navy and A ir F o rc e and o t h e r c i v i l i a n a g e n c ie s

o f G overnm ent.

They w i l l v i s i t C a n b e rra from 1 3 th t o 1 5 th A p r i l , and

w i l l h av e n a t i o n a l b r i e f i n g s and d i s c u s s i o n w ith A u s t r a l i a n

D efence and Government o f f i c i a l s . The v i s i t o r s w i l l be e n t e r t a i n e d

a t lu n c h e o n by t h e M i n i s t e r f o r D efence i n P a r l i a m e n t House.

Mr. F a i r h a l l s a i d t h a t t h e N a t i o n a l War C o lle g e had

i n c l u d e d A u s t r a l i a i n i t s F a r E a s t t o u r a n n u a l l y s i n c e 1962 and

t h e v i s i t s had been h i g h l y s u c c e s s f u l . The v i s i t by t h e 1969

c o u rs e was m ost welcome t o t h e A u s t r a l i a n D efen ce a u t h o r i t i e s .

BACKGROUND NOTE; The N a t io n a l War C o lle g e was e s t a b l i s h e d i n

1 9 4 6 , I t i s a t o p - l e v e l i n t e r - s e r v i c e s c h o o l f o r s e n i o r m i l i t a r y

o f f i c e r s and c i v i l i a n c a r e e r o f f i c i a l s o f t h e U n ite d S t a t e s . The

C o lle g e f u n c t i o n s u n d e r th e s u p e r v i s i o n o f t h e A m erican J o i n t

C h ie f s o f S t a f f and i s t h e s e n i o r s e r v i c e s c h o o l i n t h e f i e l d o f

/2 ..

2 .

p o l i t i c o - m i l i t a r y a f f a i r s . O th e r g ro u p s from t h e C o lle g e a re

v i s i t i n g c o u n t r i e s i n th e M iddle E a s t , A f r i c a and L a t i n A m erica.

These v i s i t s a r e an i n t e g r a l p a r t o f t h e C o lle g e c u r r i c u lu m and

p e rm it f i r s t - h a n d o b s e r v a t i o n by t h e s t u d e n t s o f c o n d i t i o n s i n

v a r i o u s p a r t s o f t h e w o rld i n p r e p a r a t i o n f o r t h e i r f u t u r e d u t i e s .

On r e t u r n t o t h e N a tio n a l War C o lle g e , eac h o f th e Groups r e p o r t

t o th e C o lle g e as a whole o f t h e i r t o u r .

FURTHER ENQUIRIES; : D i r e c t o r o f P u b l i c R e l a t i o n s , D e p artm en t o f D efence ,

CANBERRA A .C .T . 2600 .

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