The National Security Strategy

National Security Council; Crown copyright18 October 2010

The Government has today published its National Security Strategy A Strong Britain in an Age of Uncertainty which outlines our reappraisal of Britain’s role in the world, the risks to our security and their implication for the UK.

The strategy has been drawn up by the new National Security Council as part of an assessment of Britain’s defence needs.

This Strategy describes how we need the structures in place to allow us to react quickly and effectively to new and evolving threats to our security.

The National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review mark a step-change in the UK’s ability to protect its security and advance its interests in the world.

In a Written Ministerial Statement the PM said:

The United Kingdom faces a complex array of threats from a myriad of sources. The National Security Strategy describes the strategic context within which these threats arise, and how they may develop in the future. It describes Britain’s place in the world, as an open, outward-facing nation whose political, economic and cultural authority far exceeds our size. Our national interest requires our continued full and active engagement in world affairs, promoting our security, our prosperity and our values.

The Strategy highlights clear national security priorities: counter terrorism, cyber security, international military crisis and national disasters such as floods and pandemics.

The Government consulted widely to get the full range of views – from members of the Armed Forces, academics, MPs, industry, our allies and public servants.

The National Security Council will oversee implementation of the strategy, and will ensure that the whole of government comes together to make it happen.

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