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The DSF's Co-founder, Lady Olga Maitland Welcome: Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in October 2007 out of a desire to help the wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Read more...

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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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’.

Protecting Nations: A Speech by Lady Olga Maitland

Businesses have every right and expectation that while they have individual responsibility to protect their enterprise, there is one body above, who have a duty of care for the safety of a nation against cyber-attacks, and this in particular applies to the military. A country that is safe and at peace from any form of attack will naturally prosper.

Covid-19 Lockdown Dialogues and News

During the lockdowns many DSF events had to be postponed. Here we look back at some of the news and lockdown dialogues from that time.

DSF Coronavirus lockdown dialogue...
DSF News from the Capital Cities, 26th June 2020
Lockdown: A personal message from Lady Olga Mailtand.

‘NATO: 20TH Century Relic or Credible 21 Century Strategic Actor?’

Sir David Logan, KCMG, former Ambassador to Turkey, discusses the relevance of NATO in the 21st Century. Lady Olga Maitland says, ‘The Address by Sir James could not be more timely post-Afghanistan, and the painful lessons learnt.   Sir James is still working closely with NATO forces and will give a realistic insight on how the NATO Alliance might move forward.’

Read Sir David Logan's speech

Read Sir James Everard's speech
Protecting Nations: A Call For An Arms Control Agreement on Cyber-Warfare

Lady Olga Maitland says a conventional war with military hardware was where it was easy to see the enemy.  He was there in front. World War 1 and World War 11 had a clear enemy, the German military might.

In the Iran Iraq war and  the Gulf Wars of the 1990s, Saddam Hussein invaded with tanks.   You knew who the enemy was – and squared up accordingly. There is now a new enemy – an invisible enemy causing a cyber-attack on military and critical civilian infrastructure.  

Read her full speech...

Beirut Institute Summit e-Policy Circle 11  - 15th July 2020

Lady Olga MaitlandLady Olga Maitland joins a prestigious panel of experts to  discuss whether an Iran-China Pact could be nore symbollic than strategic., and other geo-political issues - including threats to international and national security.

Dr Irina Zvyagelskaya, who heads the Centre of the Middle East Studies at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Russia, and a speaker at the Summit, told The National newspaper, that it "points to Beijing's increasing confidence while facing up to Washington. “I believe that China can really outlive any sanctions nowadays. It doesn't need Russia even, it can do it alone."

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

Will Russia invade Ukraine on Sunday night?

Media reports suggest that Russia is about to invade Ukraine, but will Putin dare to do so, and when? It may just be another modern cold war game, a game brinkmanship more than an actual threat. Find out what's likely to happen, read this article to see if Russia will invade this Sunday night.

US and NATO talks with Russia: failure or a new "Great Game"

The talks between the US and Russia in Geneva and between NATO and Russia in Brussels were declared a failure by most analysts and commentators. Russia put forward its demands, and these demands were rejected by both Washington and its NATO allies...Find out more.

Afghanistan: The Use of Force

Major CordingleyTranscript of a speech by Major General Patrick Cordingley, DSO OBE, DSC, FRGS - July 2020, in which he discusses the effectiveness of the use of force in war - citing Afghanistan as an example.

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.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...

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.

The 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...

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Dr. Richard Burchill Appointed  Director of Studies

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

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

Edward Heath International Lecture

Banquesting HouseImage: Banqueting House, courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces.

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...

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.

Will freedom come to Syria?

Lady Olga Maitland speaks about whether democracy will ever develop in 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

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.

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.

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

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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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