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The Role Of The National Security Council In Developing The National Security Strategy And Strategic Defence And Security Review

Chatham House, London

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Sir Peter Ricketts, National Security Advisor, Cabinet Office
Chair: Dr Paul Cornish, Head, International Security Programme, Chatham House


On its first day in office the Coalition Government set up the National Security Council (NSC). The NSC, which meets weekly to discuss a variety of national security issues, has directed Britain's National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review. The Strategy presents a clear picture of Britain's place in the world and a full assessment of the challenges we face and opportunities available to us. It defines the priorities which underpin the outcomes of the SDSR and will ensure that the government is prepared for future risks and opportunities.

This full review of the UK's plans, policies, resources and commitments across all areas of national security has been led by the new National Security Advisor in the Cabinet Office, Sir Peter Ricketts.

Please note that Sir Peter Ricketts' opening remarks will be on the record, however, the Q&A session will be held off the record.

Attendance is by invitation only.