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National Security Skills and the Integrated Review

03 June 2021, 10:00
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The Government’s Integrated Review, published in March, identified education and training as critical to planning and strategy development in support of national security, describing it as instrumental in developing the mindset necessary to handle emerging threats, but also to embrace opportunities.

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The IR stated that “there is much more to do to harness the diverse perspectives and experience that drive innovation and adaptation and to maintain the collaborative, agile and inclusive behaviours needed to enable integrationIt pledged the government to an effort to “foster a culture that encourages more and different kinds of challenge, further developing capabilities such as red-teaming to mitigate the cognitive biases that affect decision-making 

The IR also pointed out that the nation-wide effort of professionalisation, training and skills will depend on the availability of people with the right skills, experience and security clearances to form flexible, diverse and multidisciplinary teamsIt then went on to point out that “greater efforts in recent years to develop relevant professional courses, and the development of clustered security vetting services are helping to build these capabilities”.  

In order to accelerate the process of acquiring these capabilities, the IR stated that the Government will review the case for a dedicated College for National Security as part of the new Curriculum and Campus for Government SkillsIn addition, the IR also highlighted the further use military reservists to support the full range of national security priorities and explore options for a wider civilian reserve. 

But which skills are needed? What is different about the current objectives in comparison with efforts undertaken in the past? How do the partnerships between the private and public sectors need to evolve? And what are the skills needed to deliver grand strategy and how can a dedicated College for National Security foster such skills? 

Speakers include:

  • The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Pamela Dow, Executive Director, Government Skills and Curriculum Unit
  • Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King’s College London
  • Lord Ricketts,Trustee, RUSI
  • Air Marshal Edward Stringer
  • Elisabeth BrawResident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and Associate Fellow, RUSI
  • John Bew, No 10 Downing Street
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