The government has opened the Counter-Terrorism Science and Technology Centre to help the Ministry of Defence’s scientific response to terrorist threats.
The new centre will co-ordinate the MoD’s technical response to terrorist incidents, such as last year’s bomb attacks in London and those faced by armed forces overseas.
Defence minister 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.”
As well as supporting MoD counter-terrorism efforts, the centre will also provide a “one-stop shop” for other government departments that use MoD expertise to tackle domestic terror threats.
Centre director Ken Brigden said, “Threats against UK armed forces are becoming increasingly sophisticated and diverse science and technology advice plays an ever more crucial role in the planning and preparation of military operations.”