The Current Challenges to UK National Security and How They Might be Addressed

Glees, Anthony and Ridley-Jones, James (2017) The Current Challenges to UK National Security and How They Might be Addressed. Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers Journal, 25 (1). pp. 40-54. ISSN 1039-1525


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This article offers a qualitative assessment of the current major security challenges facing the UK, as of the first half of 2017. It argues that to address their increased number, the UK’s intelligence-led security community must not only be expanded in terms of size but also of reach. It should seek to generate better actionable intelligence, chiefly but not exclusively from electronic sources, and exploit it more effectively. Intelligence should also be deployed to assist in preventing young British Muslims from being drawn into terrorism. Whilst recognising that good intelligence by itself cannot deliver total security, itself an unrealisable aim, and that many other measures are needed to keep any country as safe as possible, the article concludes that intelligence, and intelligence-led security activity is the best single means of keeping democracies as safe as possible from terrorism whether it is of the Islamist or any other variety

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: UK National Security; Challenges
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: School of Humanities > Economics and International Studies
Depositing User: Julian Richards
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 14:06
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 10:16

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