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David Cameron pledges £1.1bn to fight cyber terrorists

Most spending will be on intelligence and surveillance equipment, such as drones
Mon Jul 14 2014, 16:47
David Cameron

UK PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has pledged £1.1bn to help the country in its fight against cyber terrorists.

Writing in a blog post for The Telegraph, the prime minister said British Armed Forces must adapt to deal with "unseen enemies" and that most of the spending will be on intelligence and surveillance equipment, such as drones, which he referred to as a "national necessity".

Cameron said, "It is not massed tanks on the European mainland we need, but the latest in cyber warfare, unmanned aircraft technology and Special Forces capability.

"The majority of the money - £800m - is being spent on intelligence and surveillance equipment. It includes the latest in cyber defence technology and surveillance aircraft that can fly over areas like the Horn of Africa, identifying any terror threats to the UK and our allies."

Cameron also explained that the investment recognises that "plots hatched thousands of miles away" are also real life threats.

"There are those who believe we would be safer if we fundamentally retreated from the world. They see new warships and military investment and imagine a government bent on foreign adventurism. But the plain fact is that in the 21st century, you cannot defend the realm from the white cliffs of Dover," he added.

"Having a modern, technological, advanced and flexible armed forces to protect and advance these interests is not national vanity - it is national necessity."

The prime minister's decision to invest in the armed forces will be well received by critics of the government's programme of defence cuts, an outline that plans to slash 30,000 armed forces jobs since the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2010.

Last month, the government announced that it will team with the Open University to launch a cyber security course "very soon", enabling 200,000 people to study online.

Speaking at the media opening and tour of Bletchley Park, cabinet office deputy director of cyber defence and incident management Natalie Black said that the initiative will aim to bring education to 200,000 people with an overall aim to "introduce them to the subject". µ


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