Deputy National Security Adviser (Intelligence Security and Resilience)

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Deputy National Security Adviser (Intelligence, Security and Resilience) is a Cabinet Office post. The name and responsibilities have been changed several times since 1968. It has typically been occupied by senior establishment figures from the UK intelligence agencies:- either MI5, MI6 or GCHQ. It is not to be confused with Deputy National Security Advisor, which is a US post begun in 1961, or with Deputy National Security Adviser (Foreign Policy) or Deputy National Security Adviser (Defence, Nuclear and Strategy), British posts since 2014.


The title of the post has been changed regularly over the years, especially since 9/11, graduating towards a US style name.

Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator

The post was created in 1968 under this name to oversee the UK Intelligence agencies and their relationship to the UK government.

Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee consolidation

In 1998 the post of was combined with position of Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

Post 9/11 Remodelling

In June 2002 it was announced that the position would be remodelled along the lines of the US DOHS, and it was made a subsidiary role to that of Cabinet Secretary.[1][2]

Permanent Secretary for Intelligence, Security and Resilience

The job was held briefly was briefly held by Bill Jeffrey for a few months in 2005 when the 7/7 Bombings were carried out. Later is was given to Richard Mottram, combined with the role of Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, and retitled "Permanent Secretary for Intelligence, Security and Resilience".[3]

Director of Security, Intelligence and Resilience

From 2007-2010, when it was occupied by Robert Hannigan, this job was known as "Director of Intelligence and Security" and then later "Director of Security, Intelligence and Resilience".

Deputy National Security Adviser

In 2010, David Cameron's incoming administration re-organised the "National Security" apparatus, replacing the Cabinet Office position of Director of Intelligence, Security and Resilience with the new position of Deputy National Security Adviser (DNSA) for Intelligence, Security & Resilience.


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Paddy McGuinnessJanuary 2014
Oliver RobbinsJuly 2010January 2014
Robert Hannigan200728 February 2010
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