Government launches counter terrorism strategy

Friday, 28 August, 2009

Experts from industry and academia are being invited to provide groundbreaking innovations to help combat the threat of terrorism as part of the government's science and technology counter terrorism strategy launched last month.

Scientists are being asked to come forward with state-of-the-art ideas that could be used to identify new threats
and develop ways to counter the challenges faced from international terrorism.

The three-year science and technology counter terrorism strategy aims to understand future threats and opportunities, develop effective solutions and work with international partners.

The government's counter terrorism strategy (CONTEST) has identified that terrorists will continue to exploit modern technology, not only to plan and conduct attacks, but also to disseminate propaganda and recruit people to their cause.

The strategy sets out key challenges and invites commercial experts to get in touch to see if they can work towards meeting the operational needs of the wider counter-terrorism community including the police, military and security services.

Security Minister Lord West said, 'The UK currently faces a real and serious threat from terrorism and we need to utilise our position as a world leader in science and technology to counter this.

'We need to match products and ideas to problems, which is why we are actively inviting people to join us and share expertise. 'The UK is a leading innovator in the design and provision of defence and security solutions. British technology can have greater practical applications across the world and is just one more tool in our fight against those who would wish to do us harm.'

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