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Explore the impact of global conflicts on UK Defence and Security SMEs at the upcoming TechUk forum. Join experts for insights on navigating a world in flux. Register now.
AdminMay 19, 20241 min read

Defence and Security SME Forum: What does a world in flux mean for SMEs?

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 of 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 Marshal Philip Osborn CBE, 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. 

Where: London and online

When: 26 June 2024, 2-3.30pm

Free Event, register now:


The session will examine how SMEs, in particular, will 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. It will include a Q&A with the UDSS senior team, followed by networking.