What we do

We help the UK defence and security industries to export.

We do this by building strong relationships with industry and overseas governments.

We provide specialist export advice and practical assistance, working closely with industry and government departments including the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Home Office and the Export Licensing Organisation.

Who we are

The UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) has around 105 staff in London and another 38 in our export support teams. UKTI DSO has around 20 diplomatic posts overseas with the title ‘First Secretary, Defence and Security’. We also have access to other overseas UKTI staff.


We are responsible for:

  • helping UK defence and security industries export their products
  • maintaining relationships with overseas governments to promote British defence and security products
  • working with MOD and industry to ensure defence and security products have export potential
  • providing UK defence and security companies with specialist support to sell their goods


From 2013 to 2014, our priorities will be to:

  • assist UK defence and security companies to export their products particularly in our priority markets
  • support the major UK defence and security exhibitions (Farnborough International Air Show, Defence and Security Equipment International, and Security and Policing)
  • support the UK defence and security industry at overseas events
  • promote the rapidly-growing cyber security sector

We work on these topics

  1. Trade and investment

    Overseas trade and inward investment are vital for the UK's prosperity. Through its trade and investment policies, the government aims to help UK businesses succeed internationally and encourage overseas companies to work with the UK. Read more

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