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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 Forum's Committee Honourable Patrons

Delegates discuss the issues.
Major General Patrick Cordingley, our illustrious chairman

Lady Olga Maitland, President (Biography)

Major General Patrick Cordingley,  Chairman (Biography)

Sir John Wheeler, Deputy Chairman

Lord Norman Lamont of Lerwick, Vice President

Colonel Philip Howes, OBE, Treasurer and Trustee (Biography)

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Defence and Security Forum provides a permanent reminder to politicians, media and the public of the need to produce sufficient resources to ensure the defence and security of this country.

This is achieved in the first instance by debating current issues on television, radio, in the press, in university lectures and debates, conferences etc.

Defence and Security Forum organises public campaigns on major issues of the day as they did in the months leading up to the Gulf War seeking public support for the liberation of Kuwait.

The DSF has had the great privelege of granting honourable patronage to a small number of distinguished people over the years.  These people are:
  • Rt. Hon Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt
  • Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham
  • Sir Gavyn Arthur
  • Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick
  • Sir Alfred Sherman
  • Professor Norman Stone
  • Rt. Hon. Sir John Wheeler, JP, DL

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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