In January, we all watched in horror as senseless acts were carried out in broad daylight on the busy streets of Paris. Last month, Copenhagen was attacked.
Defending our values and defending our people from attack has been a hotly debated dilemma. We believe they are both sides of the same coin. The internet and global travel have been a game changer for terrorism, and to assume that nations can go it alone is to misjudge the kind of threat we face.
That threat is mobile, sophisticated and trained. Worst of all, it is home-grown. with estimates that over 3,000 Europeans have been radicalised and militarily trained with the possible intention of returning to our streets and exploiting the gaps and deficiencies in our armour.