Sir David Omand, GCB, was Intelligence and Security Coordinator in the Cabinet Office from 2002-5, responsible for the counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. He was for seven years a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee and has served as Permanent Secretary of the Home Office and the Cabinet Office, and has been Director of GCHQ (the UK signals intelligence agency) and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Defence Policy in the Ministry of Defence. He is now a visiting Professor in the War Studies Department of King's College London and an honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University Cambridge.
'An invaluable handbook for politicians, intelligence professionals, journalists and anyone else who wants to know what should and should not be done in the name of securing the state in an age of surprise, turbulence and implacably hostile terrorist networks that are more than capable of using the latest technology.'--The Economist 'Admirable... Omand [is] one of the wisest and calmest of Britain's securocrats.' The Guardian 'This book is overdue. Omand evidences how much learning is necessary to keep the concepts of resilience and security fit for ethical purposes. Scholars and practitioners have much to do and learn, whilst time is not necessarily on anyone's side. The challenge for citizens and leadership cannot be overstated. There is much to gain and a great deal to lose by not learning faster.' -- Dr. John Reid. Chair of the Institute of Security and Resilience Studies, University College London, and former UK Home Secretary and Defence Secretary