This year's Annual Security Lecture: 'If China is the Question, What is the Answer?' will be given by Sir Jeremy Fleming KCMG CB, Director of Government Communications Headquarters, on the evolving technological environment in the context of national security and geopolitics.
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Sir Jeremy Fleming explores the nexus between technology, security and the economy. With the rise of China in the technology arena, he will outline how diverging values and approaches to national security interests can result in drastically different outcomes for society. What collective action is needed by the UK and its allies to maintain our security and to offer a responsible and competitive alternative?
The lecture is chaired by Shashank Joshi, Defence Editor of The Economist and RUSI Advisory Board member.
Sir Jeremy Fleming KCMG CB is the Director of GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence, cyber and security agency. He was appointed in 2017 and is the 16th person to hold the role. After an early career in the financial sector, Jeremy joined MI5 in 1993. He gained extensive operational, investigative and leadership experience across the full range of national security work. He helped to shape MI5’s response to the London terrorist attacks in 2005, led the revision and publication of the government’s counterterrorism strategy, CONTEST, and led MI5’s preparations for the London 2012 Olympics. Jeremy spent four years as Deputy Director General with responsibility for all investigations and operations. In GCHQ, Jeremy has overseen the creation of the National Cyber Security Centre with a mission to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online. It has become a world leader in bringing together government, industry and international partners to address cyber threats and inform the public. Jeremy has led significant growth of the agency, with the development of a strategic base in Manchester and a focus on diversity and inclusion. In 2019, he led GCHQ’s Centenary Celebrations with the publication of a landmark Official History. And, in 2020, a new partnership with the Ministry of Defence was announced to create a National Cyber Force charged with delivering cyber operations.