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Charlie Edwards, National Security for the Twenty-First Century, was published by Demos in December 2007.
The British government lacks a clear and coherent view of the nature and priority of risks to the United Kingdom, and our national security architecture is flawed in its design.The government remains structured around functions and services with separate budgets for defence, foreign affairs, intelligence and development. Whitehall departments, intelligence agencies and the police forces that make up the security architecture have changed very little in the past two decades, despite the end of the Cold War and the attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001.
Based on a 12 month research project, this pamphlet sets out an approach to national security drawing on reforms and innovations from governments elsewhere in Europe and the United States and suggests some new ideas designed to shape the future of the national security architecture.