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Resilience training: how to involve the population in resilience and national security?

06 March 2019, 8:30
RUSI Whitehall
Invite Only
An executive briefing by Madeleine Moon MP, member of the UK Parliament Defence Committee and the newly elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

In recent years, many people’s only exposure to the armed forces and national security is on national occasions of remembrance and support for forces charities. Threats to national security and the impact that might have on daily life rarely punctuate this. There have been a handful of occasions where contingency planning has been top of the news agenda; preparations for dealing with the potential impact of the millennium bug in 2000 and the national fuel blockade of September 2000. There have also been high profile cyber-attacks, but their long-term impact has so far been limited. Resilience in the face of the myriad of threats to our national security is vital, but it goes beyond armed forces personnel helping to maintain services. It has to be a whole-population approach. How can we best involve the population? How do we create the link between the civil and the military that will underpin this resilience? How do we prepare future generations for the challenges ahead? In this executive briefing, Madeleine Moon will outline her proposal for citizen resilience training.

Speaker biography:

Madeleine Moon MP is the newly elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. She has represented the Bridgend constituency in South East Wales at Westminster since 2005.  Prior to becoming MP for Bridgend, she worked in child protection, was Porthcawl Town Mayor twice and a County Borough Councillor. While in the House of Commons, she has worked as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Hunt when he was Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and to Jim Knight MP, when he was Minister of State at the Department for Children, Schools and Families. She has served on several select committees, joining the Defence Select Committee in 2009. During her time as a member, she has chaired two sub-committees, producing reports on the safety and welfare of Armed Forces personnel on training exercises (Beyond Endurance? Military Exercises and the duty of care) and defence in the Arctic (On Thin Ice: UK Defence in the Arctic). She has been a member of the UK Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 2010, serving as a member of the Defence and Security Committee. During this time, she has acted as a rapporteur to produce reports on Space Domain and Allied Defence (2017) and NATO Naval Power (2016) and NATO Special Forces in the Modern Security Environment (draft report 2018). Madeleine founded the All Party Group on Suicide and Self Harm Prevention. She is Vice Chair of the All Party Armed Forces Group, convener of the RAF group and Chair of the All Party Group on Reserves and Cadets. Her political interests include care for people with disabilities and older people, mental health, defence and the environment.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 0815.

To attend this event, please e-mail Sabrina Downey, Director, Projects and Events: sabrinad@rusi.org 

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