Join ADS members Universal Defence & Security Solutions (UDSS) in this FREE hybrid event, to discuss Defence Modernisation – Early Lessons from the Ukraine Conflict. 


The conflict in Ukraine is accelerating our understanding of how established military capabilities integrate with newer autonomous, digital and multi‐domain capabilities to deliver effective contemporary military effect. It is also exposing legacy issues relating to strategic resilience, decisions about ‘taking risk’ with UK capabilities and the role of industry in contributing to the nation’s military output in its broadest sense.

The longer‐term effects on the UK’s Defence modernisation and reform agenda have still to be processed; however, there are some indicators emerging around which we can start to understand how our defence, and wider security agenda, will be shaped, and how industry should start to evolve in response.

UDSS provides vision, strategy, operational and major project advice as well as delivery support to governments, armed forces, information technology companies, defence and national security organisations and private industry. UDSS comprises some of the UK’s most experienced former senior military and civil service personnel working both in an independent capacity as well as being part of government and industrial teams that cover a wide range of contemporary and future scenarios. 

Who is this event for?:

  • Commercial companies operating across defence, space and security sectors
  • Civil servants and government employees
  • Armed Forces and security sector employees. 

Key questions covered:

  • Has the UK’s strategic context changed and what does that mean for the MoD’s current capability plans?
  • Are our extant capability gaps still relevant and have any new gaps emerged?
  • How will military and industrial responses be shaped in the following capability areas: Digital and ISR, Complex terrain – particularly urban, air dominance, missile defence, training, operational level logistics, strategic support and industrial resilience, including reconstitution, information operations, allied interoperability, the maritime flank, the UK’s strategic posture and agility, implications beyond Europe,
  • What are the implications for defence budgets in the UK and beyond?
  • What happens next – CSR, etc. 


  • General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE (Co‐Chairman)
  • Air Marshal (Ret’d) Phil Osborn CBE FRAeS (Director)
  • Lt Gen (Retd) Sir Mark Poffley KCB OBE
  • Major General (Ret’d) David Shouesmith BEd, MBA, FCILT
  • Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Robert Tarrant MA CB (Maritime Strategy and Operations)


  • 11.00  Arrival & registration
  • 11:30  Welcome and opening remarks
  • 11:35  UDSS team presentation
  • 12:15  Open forum Q&A session
  • 12:40  Closing remarks
  • 12:45  Informal networking over a light sandwich lunch
  • 13:30  Depart

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