Whitehall Dialogue - Coordinating Intelligence: The Role of the Joint Intelligence Committee

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A presentation by Jon Day, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Cabinet OfficJon Daye.

The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) is at the heart of the UK's national security machinery and is responsible for providing Ministers and senior officials with coordinated interdepartmental intelligence assessments on a range of issues of importance to UK national interests, primarily in the fields of security, defence and foreign affairs. In his presentation, Jon will consider the role and function of the JIC, particularly its role supporting the National Security Council two and a half years on from its establishment.

Jon Day joined the MoD in 1979. After a series of policy and operational posts, including in the Naval Operations Secretariat during the Falklands War and in Ministerial Private Office, he served in NATO from 1988-1995, first on secondment to the FCO and then as Head of Force Planning in the International Staff. He was closely involved in Balkans operations and Partnership for Peace in Eastern Europe. From 1995-1997 he was the Deputy Command Secretary Land, responsible for managing the Army's £3 billion operating budget. As Director of Defence Policy in MoD, he coordinated the 1997-1998 Strategic Defence Review. In 2000 he was seconded to the Cabinet Office as Chief of the Joint Intelligence Committee Assessments Staff. From 2001-2003 he was Chief of Staff to Lord Robertson, the NATO Secretary General. Returning to MoD, he served as Command Secretary Fleet, in charge of the Head Office Streamlining Project and Director Operational Policy, dealing with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2008-2011 he was MoD's Director General Security Policy, leading on NATO, nuclear and security policy. He was appointed as Second Permanent Under Secretary at the MoD in 2011 and took up his current role as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee at the Cabinet Office in March 2012.

Refreshments will be served from 1515.

This event is 'off the record' and closed to the media.

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