CURRENT ACTIVITY

RISC Review of Engagement

RISC represents the views of the UK’s security and resilience sector to policymakers and has an active programme of policy work to support this. Under the chairmanship of Sir Kevin Tebbit, it conducted a review of the engagement between the UK’s security and resilience sector and the Government, split into four key areas:

– Procurement
– Exports
– Innovation
– Skills

A copy of this review is available on request.

Procurement

Following its ‘stocktake’ of engagement, RISC has been engaged in a joint programme of work with the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) on the security procurement landscape. In particular, RISC and JSaRC are working together, in partnership with the Crown Commercial Service, to ensure that security industry SMEs have full awareness of existing guidance on accessing public procurement and to help make sure security industry SMEs are best positioned to be successful in their tenders.

Exports

RISC has been working closely with the Department for International Trade’s Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO) on the forthcoming new UK Security Export Strategy, and signed a Collaborative Agreement with the Secretary of State for International Trade at Security and Policing 2019 to formalise this partnership. This work is now being taken forward by its new RISC International working group, which is composed of the RISC’s founding members, DIT DSO, and a wider network of partners.

Innovation and Skills

RISC’s key policy priority for innovation is to push for a whole-of-Government approach, breaking down departmental barriers and involving industry at the earliest possible stage to produce optimum public policy outcomes, all in line with the Government’s ‘Fusion Doctrine’ of the National Security Capability Review 2018. With regard to skills policy, RISC is in discussion with other industry partners about pioneering new skills initiatives.

Security and Resilience Growth Partnership

Alongside the Minister for Security, the Chairman of RISC co-chairs the Security and Resilience Growth Partnership (SRGP), which meets three times a year as the UK’s primary strategic forum designed to shape and oversee the activity of government-industrial cooperation on security issues. Through the SRGP RISC also continues to oversee the activities of JSaRC.

 

To learn more about the work and priorities of RISC, please contact Hugo Rosemont (E. hugo.rosemont@adsgroup.org.uk) or Nathan Mathiot (E. nathan.mathiot@adsgroup.org.uk)