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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Risk Assessment and Risk Planning

Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee
Risk Assessment and Risk Planning

Wednesday 14 April 2021

Start times: 10.15am (private) 10.15am (public)

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Lords hear evidence on wargaming and emergency planning exercises 

On 14 April, the Select Committee on Risk Assessment and Risk Planning will question two panels of experts: one on the role of exercising and wargaming in building national resilience; and the other on the military’s role in national risk preparedness.

Meeting details

At 10.15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Risk Assessment and Risk Planning
Senior Lecturer in Disaster Management at Bournemouth University
Senior Lecturer in Creative Computing at Bath Spa University
Head at Emergency Planning College
At 11.15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Risk Assessment and Risk Planning
Director of National Security at Ministry of Defence
Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations and Commitments) at Ministry of Defence
At 12.30pm: Private discussion
Inquiry Risk Assessment and Risk Planning

Possible questions include:

  • What does best practice in exercising or wargaming look like? What are the most critical elements of a successful exercise? 
  • What lessons for Government could be found in how other sectors approach exercising and wargaming? 
  • Is exercising and wargaming valued enough by Government? Are we effective at identifying and acting on lessons learned? 
  • What involvement will the military and the MoD have in achieving the Integrated Review’s commitment to develop a "comprehensive national resilience strategy"? 
  • How might the army’s experience of responding to the current pandemic influence its future involvement in other civil emergencies? 
  • Is the military more effective than other areas of Government at embedding long-term thinking and investing against high-impact low-probability opportunities and risks? If so, what lessons could be learnt from this and applied to other areas of Government? 
  • How resilient is the military itself? How able is the military to respond or continue operation if an event occurred which also impacted its own capabilities e.g. a prolonged blackout?

Further information


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