Individuals with known criminal histories are a surprisingly common feature of the current Syrian battlefield. While their motives may be a combination of redemption and opportunism, returnees in this mode pose a complicated threat picture for security services to process if they return.
Now in its third year, the National Security Strategy is even more important as it is a precursor to tomorrow's Strategic Defence and Security Review. The Strategy is an honest attempt to think afresh about British security, with a focus on terrorism and cyber-security. However, it ignores the difficult real-world decisions that must be made to create an effective strategic review.
On 27 September 2010, the international media reported of a planned co-ordinated attack in France, Germany and the UK. Dr Tobias Feakin, RUSI Director of National Security and Resilience gives his assessment
The threat from international terrorism is with us for a long time. This article illustrates that countering terrorism is an important issue, and not one limited to the intelligence agencies and the police.
The terrorist methodology includes both old and new means of attack. The importance of the conjunction of the old and the new is that there is a key role for combined endeavour to enhance defence and reduce public danger.