The Defence Suppliers Forum (DSF) is the major conduit for strategic MOD-industry communications.
The Defence Suppliers Forum (DSF) enables strategic engagement between government (MOD) and the Defence Industry, including Primes, Mid-Tier, and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME). Its focus is to provide real for both MOD and Defence Industry by the sharing of information, alignment of objectives where possible, and by optimising the contribution both Defence and Industry can jointly make to defence capability.
The DSF Main is co-chaired by the Right Honourable Ben Wallace MP, The Secretary of State for Defence, and Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive, BAES. The DSF Main meetings are attended by both MOD and Industry representatives from the Strategic, Mid-Tier and Trade Association membership, suppliers are nominated to attend through a rotation basis.
DSF Executive Group
The Defence Suppliers Forum Executive Group is a forum for identifying and actioning areas of improvement between MOD and UK defence industry and reports to the DSF Main. It will facilitate action on areas of mutual benefit and will align with the Vision 2025 statement.
Membership comprises of Government officials and companies of significant importance to MOD. Representatives from trade associations, or other subject matter experts, including SME’s to represent industry views for smaller suppliers may be included.
The DSF has a number of working groups for identifying and actioning areas of improvement between MOD and UK defence industry which report to the DSF Executive Group, including:
- Capability Management International & Innovation (CMII) Working Group
- People & Skills Working Group
- Commercial Enterprise & Acquisition Steering Group (CEASG)
The SME Forum is chaired by Jeremy Quin MP Minister for Defence Procurement. The forum provides a platform for SMEs to engage directly with Minister for Defence Procurement to share experiences of contracting with MOD and discuss barriers to opportunities. The SME Forum is no longer linked to the DSF Executive Group and is managed separately to the DSF.