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The DSF's Co-founder, Lady Olga Maitland
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
Defence and Security Events During Autumn 2009

DSF discusses defence and security issues not just affecting britian but countries all over the world.  Afte all, the Forum is a foreign and defence affairs think tank that was launched by Lady Olga Maitland in 1983.It was then known under its campaigning wing, ’Families for Defence’ whose remit was to put the case for NATO’s policies of multilateral nuclear disarmament in the face of vociferous voices from the anti-nuclear protest groups such as CND.

The chairman is Major General Patrick Cordingley, DSO, who commanded the ground forces in the First Gulf War. Deputy Chairman is Rt Hon Sir John Wheeler former Minister of State, Northern Ireland responsible for counter terrorism.  Lady Olga Maitland, former MP,  serves DSF as its President.

DSF is supported by a distinguished panel of honorary patrons lead by Lord Lamont of Lerwick and Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham.  The purpose of DSF is to inform and brief members of the City, the professions, diplomats and servicemen on current events in the field of defence and foreign affairs.  Bearing in mind the impact that the economies of the world have on  international relations, DSF keeps a monitoring eye on trade relations and economic issues.


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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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