July 12, 2011 defpro.com
A|D|S today (Tuesday) commented on the publication of the Government’s CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy, the first version produced under the coalition.
Ian Godden, Chairman of A|D|S, said:
“Counter-terrorism remains a crucial Government task but it does not carry it out alone - increasingly requiring greater involvement from industry - and this element has become a higher priority for the UK Government in recent years. Research for the Government suggests that over 8,000 core companies make up this important sector which, is thought to employ almost 335,000 skilled people in the UK. A|D|S represents the suppliers of security solutions that deliver important aspects of counter-terrorism to keep the public safe.
“The industry has been supporting the Government’s counter-terrorism objectives. As CONTEST explains the UK Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers’ Community - RISC of which the members of A|D|S are a part - is the industry-led mechanism to achieve this. RISC is the main collective body with which the Government can liaise with industry around its counter-terrorism and wider security requirements.
“UK companies are world-leading innovators of cutting edge security equipment, services and solutions which are deployed at home and around the world to help to keep the UK and its allies safe. They are key suppliers of airport security scanning technology, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear – CBRN – capabilities, security consultancy, fully integrated security systems, manpower-related services and cyber security solutions, to name but a few. Industry looks forward to working with the Home Secretary, the Minister for Crime and Security and their teams in the implementation of CONTEST on which the safety of the UK population rests.”