Since 2003, the UK Government has had a comprehensive strategy in place to counter the threat to this country and to the UK's interests overseas from international terrorism. The strategy is known as CONTEST.
The aim of the strategy is 'to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from international terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence'.
The Government has now revised this strategy to take account of the evolution of the threat and of their understanding of the factors which are driving it. The strategy also reflects the lessons learned since 2003 and the increasing resources made available for counter-terrorism. These revisions will help to ensure that the strategy meets its aim in future.
The strategy can be found at: www.security.homeoffice.gov.uk/counter-terrorism-strategy/