Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for International Security Strategy


The minister is responsible for international defence engagement, defence export campaigns outside the Gulf, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, including delivery of the basing strategy, and Scotland.

Priority areas:

  • Defence Engagement Strategy
  • defence infrastructure and delivery of the basing strategy
  • Scotland

Other responsibilities include:

  • defence export campaigns outside the Gulf
  • NATO transformation and reform
  • EU relations
  • counter-proliferation, arms control and disarmament
  • information management
  • Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) preparation
  • asset disposal, including PEX(A) lead

Also: Prime Minister’s Special Representative for centenary commemoration of World War 1.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Dr Andrew Murrison

    • 2012 to 2014
  2. Gerald Howarth

    • 2010 to 2012


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