The DSEI 2017 Strategic Conferences and Seminar Programme will take place against a political backdrop of historical milestones.  2017 brings Brexit and a change of US government, this combined with a competitive global defence & security market means DSEI can promise a conference and seminar programme that will challenge day to day thinking. Both events will tap into the ideas and theories of the people who drive the defence and security sector forward in pursuit of innovation and long-term economic prosperity.

DSEI Strategic Conferences Day Zero, Monday 11 September, ICC at ExCeL

Seminar Programme 12-15 September, Five dedicated theatres through-out the DSEI halls.

2015 Keynote Speakers

Ministerial Keynotes

The 2017 Ministerial Keynotes include: 

  • The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence
  • The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade
  • The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State for Security
  • Ms Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement

Keynote Speakers

The DSEI Strategic Conference and Seminar Programme will see keynote addresses from
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC, Chief of the Air Staff
  • General Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff
  • Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
  • General Sir Chris Deverell KCB MBE ADC Gen, Commander, Joint Forces Command
  • Lt General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief of Defence People
  • Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency

Seminar Theatres

As the global platform of choice for key government figures and influential policy makers within the Defence & Security sector, DSEI will once again feature a series of seminars, which will address the challenges, developments and future of the sector’s ever-changing landscape.

The world renowned seminar programme will be delivered across the following five theatres on the exhibition floor; each one with critical themes appropriate for the challenges addressed within them. Each theatre will host presentations from Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 September 2017.

East Theatre (Land)

West Theatre (Air and Joint)

South Theatre (Naval)

North Theatre (Security)

Global Partnerships Theatre

DSEI Strategic Conferences

Building on the strength of the inaugural DSEI Strategic Conferences, DSEI 2017 will host an expanded conference programme addressing some of the most pressing questions, requirements and opportunities in the Air, Land, Maritime, Rotorcraft and Medical domains

Air Capability Conference (Air Cap): 'The Next Generation'
Land Capability Conference (Land Cap): 'The Future of Robotics & Autonomous Systems in the Land Environment'
Maritime Capability Conference (Mar Cap): 'The Maritime Contribution to National Prosperity'
The Future of Military Rotorcraft (FMR): 'New Challenges Ahead'
Trauma Innovation (TI): 'Disruption'
International Military Nursing (IMN): 'Transforming care through innovation, motivation and collaboration'
Triple Serpent (TS): 'The UK Surgeon General’s Conference for UK Military Medical Personnel'


  • “DSEI is a landmark event presenting to the world the excellence of the UK defence and security businesses. We expect to welcome high level international delegations to take part in meetings with our strategic partners. For us in government it is hugely important, an important showcase, a stage for diplomacy, a platform for the international engagement. We are really looking forward to DSEI in September 2017.”
    Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement
    UK MOD
  • “I very much look forward to continuing my personal support to DSEI. It provides an excellent opportunity to explore the development of airpower capability, through engagement with the widest range of industry and international partners.”
    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC MA RAF Chief of the Air Staff
    Royal Air Force
  • “I much look forward to DSEI 17. We intend to build on the very positive experience of DSEI 15 as we construct the partnerships we need to deal with the complexity of the future operating environment”
    General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen Chief of the General Staff
    British Army
  • "DSEI 2015 was the ideal occasion for the Royal Navy to demonstrate its ambition to lead and win through technological innovation. The opportunity to meet with so many partners from academia, industry and overseas at DSEI is, as always, a really useful component of our engagement with the vital partners through whom we seek to deliver this innovation."
    Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Royal Navy
  • "DSEI 17 will offer Joint Forces Command the opportunity to report on our plans for the future, in particular on operationalising our Warfare In The Information Age concept. I am looking forward to it."
    General Sir Chris Deverell Commander Joint Forces Command
  • "DSEI is a highlight within the defence calendar, I use it to find out what the most recent developments are in every technological area affecting for defence. Without DSEI I fear this sort of interaction, information exchange and knowledge of developments across all domains would be lost. DSEI is an invaluable international biannual event .”
    Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP, Chairman, House of Commons Defence Select Committee
    UK Parliament
  • “DSEI is a fantastic showcase for defence companies where international buyers, sellers, developers, thinkers, educators and the trainers can all get together. The UK defence industry is looking to recruit more engineers, scientists and developers into 200,000 jobs and up to 10,000 apprentices within UK defence companies. DSEI is an excellent tool to highlight the challenges the industry face as well as showcase its capabilities domestically and overseas.”
    James Gray MP, House of Commons Defence Committee
    UK Parliament


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