Cabinet Office to lead additional work on Strategic Defence and Security Review implementation

The Cabinet Office will lead additional work to review national security capabilities. The Government has initiated this work in support of the ongoing implementation of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review published back in November 2015.

The work is to be led by Mark Sedwill, the national security advisor, with individual strands taken forward by cross-departmental teams, and will be carried out alongside continued implementation and monitoring of the 89 principal commitments set out in the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The national security capability review will include a detailed examination of the policy and plans which support implementation of the national security strategy and help to ensure that the UK’s investment in national security capabilities is as joined-up, effective and efficient as possible in order to address current national security challenges. This review will also be informed by work which has already been commissioned in response to recent national security-related incidents.

The Government is committed to report annually on progress in implementing the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review, publishing its first Annual Report on implementation in December 2016.

Further progress on implementation of the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review – in addition to all related work – will be detailed within the second Annual Report after the end of the second year of implementation.

As outlined in the First Annual Report, the Government will set out in subsequent Annual Reports where a significant change of approach in implementing the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review is considered necessary as a result of alterations to the national security environment.

Responding to the Government’s announcement, the ADS Trade Association’s CEO Paul Everitt said: “The UK needs a world-class defence and security industry that can work with the Government to respond to rapidly evolving threats in an increasingly complex international security environment. Industry has a key role to play in using its wide-ranging skills and expertise to help the Government identify and assess national security risks and improve the capabilities available to respond to them. We stand ready to help in making sure the Strategic Defence and Security Review published in 2015 is implemented as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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