‘Bletchley Park and British Intelligence: Confronting Security Challenges, Past and Present’
20 May 2009
The conference aims to examine
* the impact that sigint had on the development of the British intelligence model (that is, the history of Bletchley),
* the extent to which some of today’s security challenges are being dealt with using modern versions of what it did in the past.
* whether or not this is a ‘good’ thing in terms of British security and British society.
The conference, the second that BUCSIS is holding, will highlight the agreement of both Buckingham centre and Bletchley to work together to further teaching and research in intelligence history and policy.
Tickets to include lunch are £40.00 (these must be paid for by 18 May 2009); tickets without lunch are £20 (Bletchley Park has a cafe which serves snacks). Anyone wishing to come should email Anthony Glees (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vicky Worpole (email@example.com)
The morning will be devoted to the history of Bletchley Park (i.e. its contribution to the development of British intelligence).
The afternoon will be concerned with contemporary security challenges and whether Britain is becoming a ‘surveillance’ society — not least because of Bletchley’s successful legacy to British intelligence.
Morning Session 1000-1230
Welcome: Simon Greenish, Director/CEO Bletchley Park Trust; Professor Anthony Glees University of Buckingham
Morning Session: Bletchley Park and its Contribution to British Intelligence
1015 – 1230 Panel One (Chair Prof Anthony Glees)
1015 – 1045 Keynote: Sir Arthur Bonsall, KCMG CBE, former director GCHQ 1973-8 (accepted)
1045 — 1100 Introductory Remark by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC
Quick break for coffee
1100 – 1130 Michael Herman (Nuffield College Oxford) ‘Reflections on Bletchley’s place in UK Intelligence: from the Second World War to the end of the Cold War’ (accepted)
1130 – 1200 Brian Oakley (Bletchley Park) ‘What went on at Bletchley? The work of the Huts’ (accepted)
1200 – 1230 Prof Chris Grey (Warwick University Business School) ‘How did the Organisation of Bletchley Park contribute to its success: or “a chaos that worked” (accepted)
1230 – 1300 Questions and Discussion Panel One
Afternoon Session: Contemporary Security Challenges and the Bletchley Legacy: is Britain a ‘Surveillance Society’?
1400 – 1630 Panel Two (Chair Simon Greenish)
1400 – 1430 Dr Julian Richards (The University of Buckingham) ‘Are we a “surveillance society” some thoughts on Intercept Modernisation’ (accepted)
1430 – 1500 Prof Kenneth Ryan (California State University at Fresno) ‘President Obama and Intelligence Sharing Issues’ (accepted)
1500 – 1630 Questions and Discussion Panel Two, with Expert Input (experts accepted)
1630 – Brief Tour of Bletchley Park