The UK’s Defense Approach: Key Themes for the Year Ahead

March 6, 2017 - 3:30 pm

1030 15 St. NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

The UK’s Defense Approach: Key Themes for the Year Ahead

A conversation with:
Stephen Lovegrove
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom

Moderated by:

Franklin C. Miller
The Scowcroft Group
Board Director
Atlantic Council

Milestone elections on both sides of the Atlantic, coupled with a rapidly evolving security environment, have raised new questions about the future of the transatlantic partnership. Emerging challenges across Europe have further highlighted the importance of the Special Relationship, the UK’s role in NATO post-Brexit vote, and the need for enhanced defense cooperation.
Permanent Secretary Lovegrove will join us to discuss the key themes shaping the UK’s defense strategy for the coming year, its vision for the future of transatlantic security, and priorities for the US-UK relationship moving forward.

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.

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Stephen Lovegrove serves as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defense of United Kingdom. In this capacity he is the Ministry’s most senior civil servant and accounting officer. Before assuming this position in April 2016, he served as the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Energy and Climate Change.Prior to this, he spent nine years at the Shareholder Executive where he was appointed Chief Executive and a Director General of Business, Innovation, and Skills. In this role he oversaw the development of strategies and transactions for the full range of state-owned businesses, among them the Royal Mail, the Ordnance Survey and British Energy, as well as establishing the Green Investment Bank. Before joining the Civil Service Lovegrove was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance Department of Deutsche Bank, where he worked for eleven years as the head of the European media team working on a wide range of capital raisings, acquisitions and divestments in all sub-sectors of the media industry.