New counter-terrorism centre announced

A new organisation that is designed to co-ordinate the Government’s anti-terrorism strategy on a technical level has been unveiled.

Apr 21, 2006
By David Howell

A new organisation that is designed to co-ordinate the Government’s anti-terrorism strategy on a technical level has been unveiled.

The Counter-Terrorism Science and Technology Centre will be based at Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory in Porton Down, Wiltshire.

The new centre will be staffed by academics, Ministry of Defence personnel, Government officials and industry representatives. Defence Secretary John Reid said: “This new centre will provide a world class hub to ensure Government laboratories, industry and academia are used as efficiently as possible to enhance innovation and keep one step ahead of evolving terrorist threats.”

Centre director Ken Brigden will oversee about 15 specialist staff. He said: “Terrorist threats evolve rapidly so the centre will respond not just to current threats, but also anticipate threats as they emerge and develop.”

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