Academic provides national security briefing

Dr Andrew Futter from the School of History, Politics and International Relations was recently invited to London to brief the UK National Security Secretariat at the Cabinet Office. The NSS is the organisation that supports the National Security Council and the Prime Minister on national security issues. Dr Futter briefed the NSS on the current level and nature of the cyber threat posed to the United Kingdom, and particularly to the Trident nuclear weapons systems.

Dr Futter’s latest book “Hacking the Bomb” has just been published by Georgetown University Press.  This book is the first ever study of the cyber threat to nuclear weapons, provides the first ever comprehensive assessment of this worrying and little-understood strategic development, and it explains how myriad new cyber challenges will impact the way that the world thinks about and manages the ultimate weapon. The book cuts through the hype surrounding the cyber phenomenon and provides a framework through which to understand and proactively address the implications of the emerging cyber-nuclear nexus. More information can be found here.

In April Dr Futter will be travelling to Sciences Po in Paris for the first of a series of book launches in Europe and the United States.