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Welcome to The Defence and Security Forum

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.

Major General Patrick Cordingley, our Chairman Our Keynote Topics

  • International Relations
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Defence and Security

DSF News News Items of Interest

Dr. Richard Burchill
Dr. Richard Burchill. Hear him speak at the Valdai Discussion Club.

Dr. Richard Burchill Appointed  Director of Studies

4th Nov. 2019: The President of DSF, Lady Olga Maitland, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard Burchill as the new Director of Studies.  The Director of Studies will be providing briefing and analysis on issues relevant for DSF.  Dr. Burchill was formerly the Director of Research at TRENDS Research & Advisory, a think tank based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  TRENDS was named one of the top 10 Best New Tanks in 2016 by the Global Go-To Think Tank Report of the University of Pennsylvania.  He was also the Director of the McCoubrey Centre for International Law at the University of Hull and a member of the Law School at Hull.  He has written widely on a range of international security issues, with a particular focus on matters of terrorism and extremism, international law and the Middle East.  Please feel free to contact Richard at

Banquesting House
Image: Banqueting House, courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces.
Edward Heath International Lecture

Delivered by Dr. Henry A. Kissinger At the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London October 24, 2016
When the Tories unexpectedly won the 1970 election, Richard Nixon was so elated that he called nearly every hour to update me on the status of the returns.  In terms of hierarchy, it should, of course, have happened the other way around.  But I found myself in Mexico attending the 1970 World Cup without secure communications...

Lady Olga Maitland and HH Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (in white hat)  at the Cavalry and Guards Club on Sunday, 16th  October 2016.Meeting The Patriarch

Lady Olga Maitland and HH Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (in white hat)  at the Cavalry and Guards Club on Sunday, 16th  October 2016.  Full photo here...

Source: United NationsThe Russian bear – hug him or hit him?

Russia is wily, ruthless, manipulative, driven by history, does not want to be ignored.  Will resort to any tool, propaganda or military might.

She is the elephant in the room – there, huge, dominating but the west is flummoxed in how to respond.  Russia is running circles around western policy makers.

FACT: Russia Wants to be  a world player, be noticed, be the decision maker…

Read Lady Olga Maitland's full speech...
Democracy and Syria

Lady Olga Maitland speaks about whether democracy will ever develop in Syria.
Will freedom come to Syria?

Lady Old Maitland spoke on 18th May 2010 to member of the European-Atlantic Group about the prospects of democracy in Syria.

 Contact her or Justin Glass for further information about her speech and the event.

Read a newswire about the event.

Posted on 20th May 2010
Meet Ajmal Khan Zazai.

Chief Ajmal Khan Zazai - always worth chatting with and listening to. Source: Sky News
Peace in an Afghan Valley

The DSF gave a very warm welcome to the increasingly influential and charming Chief Ajmal Khan Zazai in late February 2010.

He is a leading tribal chief in south-east Aghanistan who has successfully achieved support from nine tribes and brought peace to his valley in the face of almost impossible odds against the Taliban. DSF members will be notified by email or by post.

Updated: 2nd March 2010.

DSF Raises 2,150 for the SBSA

The Defence and Security Forum has recently received the thanks of the Special Boat Service Association, further to raising 2,150 However, with the added 25% Gift Aid, this sum will be worth than this amount.

The Association's assistant secretary, Tony Ward, thanked the DSF in a letter and said:

"I am writing on b ehalf of the Trustees and all members of the Special Boat Association to thank you for the individual donation emanating from the auction you kindly organised. The Gift Aid forms will  help raise a further 25%. It is much appreciated by us all. Please pass our thanks to the numerous donors.
It is comforting to know that the efforts of our remarkable young people on behalf of their country are so recognised. They, in turn are extremely grateful for your support."

Posted on 2nd March 2010.

Submarine Nuclear Policy at sea

A Part -Time Deterrent Will Not Do!

Britain’s nuclear capability is once again a subject of intense debate. Some suggest that, in order to save money and make a political statement on global disarmament, Britain should reduce its deterrent capability. But as Tim Hare argues, these arguments are

Read more.
DSF - Old site
News and Media Coverage from the old DSF website can be found by clicking here.
Country Reports on Terrorism, 2010

United States Department of State Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

Country Reports on Terrorism 2010 is submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the “Act”), which requires the Department of State to provide to Congress a full and complete annual report on terrorism for those countries and groups meeting the criteria of the Act.
Posted: 24th August 2011

Lady Olga Leads Trade Mission to Algeria

Michael Thomas, the Director General of the ABBC, and Lady Olga Maitland led an ABBC Trade Mission to Algeria on 10 – 13th July 2011.

"With the Algerian Government’s massive spending programme, and a big effort under way to open up the country to foreign investment and trade, this is a golden opportunity to explore how British companies can participate", she says.

Please click here to read the event's flier with all the details for registration.  Email her at or call her on +44 7778 917133 if you have any queries

Updated: July 2011.

Breaking the Code of History: Strategic Military Stupidities in the Face of a Rising China

Having conceived the ideas described in Breaking the Code of History over seven years ago in 2003, it is very scary to see the events coming true in front of my eyes, whilst understanding the dire implications and consequences of such events. Foremost of which is a new global arms race in the emerging nations.

Read more.

Media Release: Defence cuts allow beginning of global arms race - February 2011.

A new global arms race in the Asian nations has begun as a result of the economic expansion and military aspirations of China. In sharp contrast, the western powers have underestimated the magnitude of the new Chinese military threat, according to David Murrin, CIO of Emergent Asset Management and author of Breaking the Code of History.

Read more.

Media Release: The year the greater Euro will become the lesser Euro says CIO of Emergent - January 2011

A radical re-structuring of the Euro currency is staring financial markets in the face according to David Murrin, CIO of Emergent Asset Management.

Read more.

Bio-Safety And Bio-Security International Conference

Lady Olga MaitlandLady Olga Maitland's speech to the conference, which falls under the patronage of HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan,
HRH Princess Sumaya of Jordan, and Royal Scientific Society in

Click here to read her speech. The conference was held in September 2011.

Uploaded on 3rd November 2011.

Al Qaeda: A Threat Transformed

This CSIS Homeland Security report looks at the threats posed by Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in 2011. Read it here.

Uploaded on 3rd November 2011.

Iran Debate: ‘Should Iran Be Bombed?’ Read Rt. Lord Lamont's Speech, which was presented to the DSF on 24th January 2012.

BBC: Lamont says sanctions will be useless.

Article: 'Protection Philosophy - Modern Tendencies in Ensuring Business Safety'; by Franz Ferenbach. Read more...

A DSF speaker. Lady Olga Maitland talking to delegates. A DSF speaker
Delegates enjoying the debate. Lady Olga Maitland chatting to a delegate. Cordingley

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