The Future of R&D in the UK’s Security and Intelligence Sector

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Research and development continues to be a national priority for the UK government as part of its long-term strategy to increase innovation and skills within technology and knowledge-based industries. Yet at a time when technological advantage is critical within the security and intelligence spheres, sufficient and targeted investment in appropriate R&D programmes is far from guaranteed.

The UK government maintains an annual ring-fenced science and research budget of £4.6 billion, yet this does not necessarily apply to the security and defence sectors, where there has been a dramatic reduction in budgets since the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Ahead of the 2015 Review, this paper explores whether there are ways to improve engagement between government and investors operating in this sector, in order to ensure that R&D investment is strengthened, priority capabilities are understood by investors, and critical capabilities are sustained.

This event outlines the main findings of the report, before a panel of experts offer their response and insight. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Charlie Edwards, Director, National Security and Resilience, RUSI
  • Calum Jeffray, Report Author, RUSI
  • Dr Tristram Riley-Smith, External Champion, RCUK's Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research (PaCCS) and Director of Security, Anglo-Scientific
  • Tim Matthews, Director of Communications, Global Strategies Group

Presentations will begin at 1230 with lunch served from 1200. To register please click the 'book your place' button above. For further queries about this event please contact Duncan Rogers, Research Event Officer, at

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