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The National Cyber Force that Britain Needs?

Devanny, Joe and Dwyer, Andrew and Ertan, Amy and Stevens, Tim (2021) 'The National Cyber Force that Britain Needs?', Project Report. King's College London, London.


Cyber operations are increasingly important to state power projection in the contested and competitive defence and security environments of the globalised 21st century. The United Kingdom has created a National Cyber Force (NCF) to assist in its ambitions to conduct offensive operations against hostile state actors, terrorists and serious organised criminals. This joint military-intelligence organisation will replace and streamline existing arrangements and will help the UK achieve full-spectrum effects in pursuit of detecting, disrupting and deterring its adversaries. The NCF is intended to be a key contributor to the UK’s desire to be an effective, responsible and democratic “cyber power” in global affairs. The broad remit of the NCF was outlined by the UK government in March 2021, but questions remain about the NCF’s role, responsibility, organisation and mission. This report identifies a set of core themes for the UK government to consider as the NCF begins its work as the spearhead of a revised and more proactive UK approach to adversaries in cyberspace.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information:Cyber Security Research Group Offensive Cyber Working Group The Policy Institute
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Date accepted:21 April 2021
Date deposited:23 April 2021
Date of first online publication:21 April 2021
Date first made open access:23 April 2021

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