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The Defence and Security Forum was founded by Lady Olga Maitland in 1983. It was originally a campaigning organisation known as Families for Defence launched to challenge the anti-nuclear protest movements such as CND. Families for Defence’s remit was to promote the NATO case for multilateral nuclear disarmament. In the course of doing so the purpose was to focus on the importance of a proper provision for the defence of the United Kingdom. Follow the DSF on Twitter: @dsf_forum.

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Past Events
Our Chairman, Major General Patrick Cordingley Our Keynote Topics

  • International Relations
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  • Politics
  • Defence and Security

Forthcoming and Recent Events


Wednesday 22nd June - Join the DSF to celebrate the life, the sense of commitment and duty, as well as to reflect on the life and impact of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

EVENT: Living with President Erdogan Prospects for Turkey after Presidential Election 2023

1st June 2022 - Lady Olga Maitland to host DFS Roundtable for DR. CENGUIZ OZGENCIL, Chairmand, Bosphorus Summit,

EVENT: ‘Lessons to be Learnt from the Russia Ukraine War’

26th April 2022 - GENERAL SIR NICHOLAS CARTER,  GCB, CBE, DSO, Former Chief of Defence Staff, analyses the events of the Russo-Ukrainian War.


14th March 2022 - With the UK-UKRAINE ROUND TABLE, the DSF explores the impact of the conflict on the energy sector, charities, the evacuation effort and discusses Russia's fighting capabilities.

EVENT: A Changing World of Threats: Cyber-warfare to the Changing Nature of China, Russia, Iran and International Terrorism

24th February 2022 - A DSF Dinner looking at national and internation security isssues. Lady Olga Maitland says: "This address will be significant as we deal in a changing world of threats, be they from advanced cyber warfare to the changing nature of China, Russia, Iran and international terrorism."

Moderated by Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, KCMG, QC, former Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary.

EVENT: What Are The Options for Afghanistan?

Defence And Security Forum Dinner In Association With Afghan Democratic Peace And Prosperity Council

Join the DSF on 1st December 2021 at the Army and Navy Club in London to discuss the future of Afghanistan.

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Lady Olga Maitland on GB News

Watch Lady Olga Maitland's interview with GB News, Wednesday 18th August 2021, on the ‘Plight of Women in Afghanistan’.

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Delegates enjoying the debate. Lady Olga Maitland chatting to a delegate. Cordingley

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