National Security Review brings home need to invest in defence and diplomacy


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The Henry Jackson Society today responded to the publication of the Government’s National Security Review.

It has been suggested the security risk level – currently at severe – could soon rise to critical, due to the possible return of scores of Isis fighters to the UK and the potential threat from states such as Russia, North Korea and Iran.

Dr Alan Mendoza, Executive Director at the Henry Jackson Society, said:

“This review reinforces the wide spectrum of threats that the United Kingdom must tackle on a daily basis.

“From the terrorist threat brought home by returning foreign fighters, to the need for boosting our defences in Eastern Europe in the face of Russian aggression, to the rising importance of cyber-security, it is clear there is still significantly more that must be done to protect our national security.

“We must commit to investing in our defence and diplomatic capabilities to ensure that, as we leave the European Union, we are able to put the right mechanisms in place to promote British hard and soft power abroad, while guaranteeing protection at home.”


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