The UK's 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy reaches its conclusion in 2021. At the midway point of the current strategy, and with an upcoming Spending Review, the focus should now be on building the next strategy. This Briefing Paper poses a series of questions to help frame this debate.
There currently exists an alphabet soup of organisations tasked with upholding the the UK’s cyber-defences. Proposals for a national UK Cyber Response Team will therefore need to have clear responsibilities, differentiating from other cyber-response initiatives
The Obama Administration has announced a shift in emphasis for missile defence capabilities away from Europe to the US mainland. While this could help allay Russian concerns about the NATO system, Moscow's leaders may require more confidence-building measures.
The continuing development of North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities is testing the readiness and long-term planning of South Korea's missile defences. The plans will undoubtedly be overshadowed by Chinese concerns.
Hypersonics is the realm beyond Mach 5. Systems designed to operate in this regime offer a number of potential advantages including reduced flight times, higher survivability and greater kinetic effects but considerable technical challenges remain
Suitcase E-bombs, shoulder mounted RFDEW and missile delivered EMP are all becoming operational realities. Both military and civilian circles should take note since in an increasingly digitised world, EMP represents a threat which should not be taken lightly