Securing the State

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Securing the StateA lecture by Sir David Omand GCB, former Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator, UK.

Governments recognise that national security in the turbulent conditions of the early twenty-first century must centre on the creation of public confidence that normal life can continue even in the face of threats such as terrorism and proliferation, and of natural hazards such as pandemics and climate change. In his lecture, Sir David Omand will contend that while public security is vital for good government, the effects of bad government will result from failure to maintain the right relationship between justice, liberty, privacy, civic harmony and security measures.

Sir David will examine how secret intelligence helps government to deliver security, but also risks raising public concern over its methods. He will propose a set of ethical principles to guide intelligence and security work within the framework of human rights.

Sir David Omand GCB was Intelligence and Security Co-ordinator in the Cabinet Office from 2002 to 2005, responsible for the counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST). He was for seven years a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee and has served as Permanent Secretary of the Home Office and Cabinet Office, and has been Director of GCHQ and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Defence Policy in the Ministry of Defence. He is now a Visiting Professor in the War Studies Department at King’s College London, Vice President of the Royal United Services Institute and an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge. His book, Securing the State, was published by Hurst & Co in July 2010.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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