Secretary of State Minister Ben Wallace tours BAE Systems in Samelsbury after confirming that Lancashire will be the site of the UK's cyber force which will carry out offensive military operations @BWallaceMP
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The National Cyber Force will employ 3,000 people by 2023. That could mean the creation of 2,000 high-tech jobs for the region and the creation of a cyber corridor between Manchester and Lancashire.
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The National Cyber Force will be run by the Ministry of Defence, in partnership with GCHQ, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Porton Down. It is part of Strategic Command headed by General Sir Patrick Sanders (below)
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Lancashire University, which is 'triple accredited' by @NCSC for cyber security, has close ties with @GCHQ including joint research partnerships. It expects the National Cyber Force to attract more high-tech companies to its campus @LancasterUni
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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has plans to develop the skills of young people in Preston, Blackburn and Burnley through apprenticeship programmes that could lead to jobs in the National Cyber Force @uclan
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The exact location of the National Cyber Force headquarters has not been made public. But one possible location is Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone (below) not far from BAE Systems #NCF
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A small group of local councilors and academics and Lancashire Enterprise Council lobbied in secret for the National Cyber Force to be sited in Samlesbury. Ben Wallace (below) is MP for nearby Wyre and Preston North @BWallaceMP
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Manchester, which hosts @GCHQ's northern office, Heron House, (below) was also a contender for the headquarters of the National Cyber Force. Samlesbury had the advantage of building space, seclusion, the presence of BAE Systems military aircraft division.

Oct 18, 2021 · 7:08 PM UTC