It was only ten years ago that a single, central, body was given the authority to co-ordinate strategy to ensure national security. Darragh McElroy charts the creation of the National Security Council and describes the main challenges it faces today.
The expert response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack involved Service personnel, multiple government departments, the emergency services and other public bodies working together to protect the public.
In July 2016, Campbell McCafferty was appointed the first Government Chief Security Officer. We interviewed him about a range of issues, including his priorities in the role and the security challenges facing the UK.
Charlie Stansfield from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) gives an insight into the little-known work of a world-leading forensic science facility in keeping the UK safe.
Dan Chugg describes the strategic communications operation he set up to counter Daesh propaganda as part of the Global Coalition for the Defeat of Isis.
Gavin Kitchingham from the Ministry of Defence discusses the International Defence Engagement Strategy and how civil servants are working alongside military personnel to devise strategy that supports government commitments to maintain a secure and prosperous UK.
In less than 12 months, 97% of Syria’s declared chemical weapons programme has been destroyed. Ben Merrick, Head of Arms Control and Proliferation in the Ministry of Defence, explains how outstanding cross-governmental co-operation made this possible.