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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.
Major General Patrick Cordingley, our Chairman Our Keynote Topics

  • International Relations
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  • Politics
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Comment: "Machines Don't Fight Wars..." Booking forms

Dear Colleagues,

"Machines don't fight wars. Terrain doesn't fight wars. Humans fight wars. You must get into the mind of humans. That's where the battles are won." - Col. John R. Boyd

Re:  China, Russia as well etc. 

In my humble opinion, the comment on “in depth expertise,” is precisely the point.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been gradually denuded of country and regional specialists to the point that it no longer has long career term dedicated regional specialists, only those that work in 2 to 3 year placements to support promotion elsewhere.

Do we have the linguistics and deep local understandings to truly merge into their mindsets?  We did. Sadly. Not now?

It is not a question of the UK’s size etc. It’s more a question of allocation of strategic resources.

Ignorance leads to mistaken policy.

The allocation of legally stipulated funds to a separate Department for International Development was the final catalyst in this process.

Only the Universities and some business specialists have the possible human resources nowadays and they need to be tapped.

Len Tiahlo

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