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Defence Modernisation
& Support

Revolutionising Global Defence Strategies

Universal Defence and Security Solutions (UDSS) stands at the epicentre of defence innovation, delivering top-tier modernisation solutions and support to our UK allies, esteemed foreign militaries, and governments.


Our Specialities Include:

  • Defence Infrastructure Development: Crafting state-of-the-art facilities and structures, ensuring a robust foundation for defence operations and exploiting opportunities for sustainable efficiencies.
  • Training & Skill Development: Leveraging our deep-rooted and wide expertise to enhance the capabilities of military personnel and key decision-makers in partner nations to deliver appropriate and resilient training recommendations for clients.
  • Technological Advancement: Introducing and exploiting cutting-edge technology to fortify defence mechanisms against current and emerging threats.
  • Strategic Planning & Consultation: We advise on long-term defence strategies with a holistic approach, ensuring resilience and adaptability.

Meet Our Experts

David Shouesmith
David Shouesmith UDSS DIRECTOR
David Shouesmith was formerly ACDS (Logistic Operations) in the UK MoD. He has extensive experience in operational military logistics and support acquisition in both the MoD and commercial sector.

His 28-year military career included service as ACDS (Logistic Operations) in the UK MoD and logistic command on operations from squadron to brigade level, from Bosnia to Afghanistan. He was also pivotal to many support transformation initiatives across Defence, in the land and joint domains, involving greater industry roles in delivering defence support. Since leaving the Army he has worked for large and small consultancies, advising commercial clients in a variety of sectors in strategy, critical programme management and strategic supply chain. David was the founding chairman of the Royal Logistic Corps Foundation, served as a colonel commandant of the Royal Logistic Corps for 15 years and is currently chairman of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum Trust.

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Mark was Deputy to the Head of the British Army and led the Royal Logistic Corps. He has a reputation for insight, vision and counsel at the highest levels of UK military and political decision-making.

He has extensive operational experience as both a planner and field logistician and he most recently served as the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff leading the UK MOD’s strategic BOI and force design teams. Overseeing a budget of £38 billion, he was responsible for the coherence of the UK’s defence portfolio including the most sensitive strategic capability programmes. Previously, he was the Deputy to the head of the British Army and led the Royal Logistic Corps.

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Richard served as Commander Joint Forces Command until April 2016, one of the six ‘Chiefs of Staff’ leading the UK Armed Forces. There he was responsible for 23,000 people worldwide and a budget of £4.3Bn, delivering intelligence, Special Forces, operational command and control, surveillance, reconnaissance and information systems/ communications, operational logistics, medical support, and advanced education and training across the Armed Forces.

His military career included the last decade of the Cold War and leadership from Captain to General on military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan – often as part of US-led coalitions and in NATO. He was responsible for Military Strategy and Operations in the MoD as a Lieutenant General 2011-13 and President and Colonel Commandant of the Honourable Artillery Company 2013-2019.

Richard is a Distinguished Fellow at RUSI, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at The Queen’s College, Oxford en route to becoming an artillery officer. Currently he advises and lectures regularly on defence transformation, security policy, digital risk, and senior leadership to academic, parliamentary, military and commercial audiences.

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