Event: SDSR Breakfast Briefing: NATO
08:30, 20 Feb 2015, RUSI
A briefing by General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, set against the backdrop of the latest security challenges facing NATO and how this will impact upon UK priorities and commitments.
Event: Members’ Military History Lecture - Espionage During the First World War: Spies and Spy Fiction
12:45, 17 Feb 2015, RUSI
A lecture by Gill Bennett OBE MA, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute. In her lecture, Gill Bennett will assess some of the extraordinary personal stories of spies, professional and amateur, invaluable and inept, working alone or together. Gill will also consider their portrayal in literature by the many writers, from John Buchan to Somerset Maugham, who were involved in secret intelligence themselves.
On Tap: Organised Crime and Illicit Trade in Tobacco, Alcohol and Pharmaceuticals
12:15, 12 Feb 2015, RUSI
Organised crime is more pervasive in British society than is generally acknowledged. The true scale of illicit trade remains unknown, but the statistics available are stark. In addition to the adverse health consequences, illicit trade undermines community well-being and its vast profits are used to fund other criminal activities.
Event: Attributing Cyber Attacks: Did North Korea Hack Sony?
11:00, 11 Feb 2015, RUSI
A presentation by Dr Thomas Rid, Professor of Security Studies at King’s College London discussing his latest publication: Attributing Cyber Attacks, a research article designed to explain, guide and improve the identification of network breaches.
Event: Armchair Discussion: Trident and the SDSR
18:00, 9 Feb 2015, RUSI
One of the first acts of the next Government will be publication of a Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), outlining the UK’s defence policy in the years ahead. With the life cycle of the UK’s existing fleet of Vanguard submarines having already been extended, the opportunity to postpone a decision on full renewal of the Trident system is limited.
Event: Libya: An Escalating Crisis on Europe's Doorstep
11:00, 9 Feb 2015, RUSI
A panel discussion about the current situation in Libya, exploring possibilities for both further escalation and political reconciliation, future security challenges and associated effects upon regional and European security in the near to medium term.
Event: Under 35 Forum Event: Virtual War
18:00, 4 Feb 2015, RUSI
Technological developments have allowed war video gaming and military simulation programmes to replicate the reality of combat in semi-authentic virtual geopolitical contexts. Virtual warfighting is now a significant component of military training, as well as a multibillon dollar commercial industry.
Event: Dame Stella Rimington on Espionage: The Fiction and the Fact
13:00, 2 Feb 2015, RUSI
A lecture by Dame Stella Rimington DCB, author and former Director General of the Security Service (MI5). Drawing on history and episodes from her own career, Dame Stella will compare some of the best known British spy fiction, from Kim and William le Queux to John le Carré and Frederick Forsyth, with the reality of the intelligence world.
Event: Under 35 Forum Chiefs Series: Chief of the Air Staff
18:00, 28 Jan 2015, RUSI
The first in a series of evening meetings, this unique event will offer Under 35 Forum members and other serving invitees the opportunity to participate in a private, informal and off-the-record discussion with Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB, CBE, ADC.
Event: Serious Infectious Disease: Challenges for Security and Defence
09:00, 23 Jan 2015, RUSI
Conflict and post-conflict zones create particular challenges for controlling and containing infectious disease. Damage to hospitals, the degradation of healthcare infrastructure, and the loss of skilled medical personnel during conflict creates an environment in which infectious disease can emerge and spread rapidly, while failed states and those still struggling to recover from recent conflict are ill-equipped to provide healthcare systems that meet the complex needs of their populations.
Event: Alan Rusbridger on the 21st Century Surveillance State: Implications of the Snowden Revelations
13:00, 19 Jan 2015, RUSI
Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, will outline the processes that the paper went through leading up to its decision to publish some of the documents leaked by Edward Snowden. In his lecture, he will consider the nature of press freedom today and assess the ramifications of the story which raise questions about the public interest, consent, the role of parliament, legality, privacy, oversight and the integrity of the web.