The world is in a state of flux. The war in Ukraine has entered its third year, the Israel-Gaza conflict continues, international shipping remains under attack from Houthis in the Red Sea, and tensions increase between China and Taiwan. At the same time, a UK general election is due, and in November US Presidential elections take place, the outcome of which could likely influence events in each of these hotspots. All of this is taking place against a backdrop of efforts to digitally transform Defence across the western world, which offers both risks and opportunities in an environment in which there are acute budgetary pressures.

How does all this drive thinking across the UK Defence and Security enterprise, and what this will mean for industry, and SMEs in particular?

Through techUK’s Defence & Security SME Forum (DSSMEF), Partners from global Defence advisory firm Universal Defence and Security Solutions (UDSS) led by Air Marshall Philip Osborn, Chief of Defence Intelligence (2015-2018) will share with techUK members a perspective on the current geopolitical landscape and how this translates into both the UK’s strategic Defence and Security thinking and its future capability planning. 

The session will look at how SMEs in particular chart their course through the next few volatile years by setting out some of the likely vectors for Defence and Security capability development and spending. The session will include a Q&A with the UDSS senior team, followed by networking.

Universal Defence and Security Solutions Ltd (UDSS) is a global Defence consultancy providing specialist Defence and wider security advice, assistance and solutions to Governments and businesses.


Fred Sugden

Fred Sugden

Associate Director, Defence and National Security, techUK

Raya Tsolova

Programme Manager, techUK

Jeremy Wimble

Programme Manager, techUK

Tracy Modha

Team Assistant - Markets, techUK


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