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We are the catalyst for change in the Defence and Security community, helping our clients to transform performance and to achieve a safer world.

With over 70 years’ experience delivering defence and security-related assignments, we have a deep understanding of the complex and volatile security challenges facing the sector and a heritage of innovation and technology-enabled change.  This is why our clients recognise PA as a world-class strategic advisor and delivery partner. 

We combine unrivalled sector insight with specialist expertise drawn from different industries and geographies. This means the solutions we develop are both innovative and pragmatic.  

Whether you operate in the public or private sector, we can help to: 

  • increase the contribution of defence to national prosperity
  • strengthen national security to protect the public and save lives
  • promote innovation to maintain operational advantage
  • deliver greater productivity from the available resources
  • increase revenue, reduce costs and improve programme performance
  • address the technology, people, organisational and cultural aspects of change. 


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  • National Security Capability ReviewThe National Security Capability Review (NSCR), due for release in January 2018, is likely to shift the emphasis from defence to the wider national security ecosystem. Prior to the NSCR release, our experts have collated ten insights that we think will be covered in the review. 11/12/2017
  • What should executive leaders focus on to improve corporate performance?A growing practice in many companies is to have a robust executive leadership coaching program. It's clear executive coaching improves leadership development, retention and return on investment. 22/08/2017
  • Robots to the rescueThere is great potential to save lives with search and rescue robots, and we are reaching the point when they can be helpful members of a rescue team rather than data gathering bystanders. 20/06/2017
  • HeForShe – what women want, and what men can doAccording to a World Economic Forum report, just 20% of the global workforce delivering professional services to government is female. And the brilliant HeForShe Whitehall event we recently co-hosted, has made me think properly about what my role is in changing (and not perpetuating) that. 08/06/2017
  • If you want to innovate you've got to set your people freeTo innovate you should make it easy for your people to think for themselves, use their ingenuity and not be perfect. So rethink policies, processes and procedures. 30/05/2017
  • Gender equality - how the need to innovate turned it from an 'ought' into a 'must' In a world that requires businesses to respond fast to change, gender equality in the workplace is no longer just a good thing – it's a necessary thing. This is what our new innovation research tells us. 30/05/2017
  • The myth of the impenetrable cyber defenceOrganisations best positioned to defend against cyber threats are those that successfully blend technical and social security measures. Mark Barmby, PA defence and security expert, offers his advice on how to get the socio-technical approach right. 05/05/2017
  • Our latest research reveals that many organisations are missing out on innovation's potential. Are you? As a leader in developing and delivering innovation solutions across industry, we were keen to know how executives perceive innovation, what value they attach to it, how they embed it in their organisations, and how they use it to drive change. 06/04/2017
  • Are you ready for the investigatory powers act? Communications Service Providers (CSP) need to start planning and preparation now to ensure their own interests are represented when they meet the challenges of the Investigatory Powers Act 27/03/2017
  • Is my SOC making any difference?How effective is your SOC in protecting your business from cyber attack? Use security scenarios to find out. 16/03/2017
  • What's next for the National Cyber Security Centre?The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) brings together and replaces the information security arm of GCHQ, the Centre for Cyber Assessment, Computer Emergency Response Team UK and the cyber-related responsibilities of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure. But with over 180 cyber attacks classed by the NCSC as category two or three during the last three months, there's no time to lose. Three of our experts weigh in on what the NCSC should do next. 22/02/2017
  • How can the government protect the UK from cyberattacks?A critical report by the Public Accounts Committee states that it's taken government too long to consolidate and coordinate the 'alphabet soup' of agencies that are meant to be protecting Britain online. The PAC goes on to provide six recommendations that will increase the UK's security. But do they really hold the answer? Mark Barmby, PA defence and security expert, tackles the three he thinks are the most important. 09/02/2017

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