Dstl leads UK Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA)

A new community of interest for academic institutions to partner with Dstl

The UK Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA) aims to stimulate new thinking, and reinvigorate UK expertise, on deterrence and related topics such as assurance, coercion and conflict escalation. Our intent is to build a community of interest, made up of academic institutions in partnership with Dstl,that will conduct new research on these topics in order to reinvigorate this important subject.

The Alliance provides opportunities for UK universities to host events, ranging from small seminars to large conferences, that will bring together subject matter experts, young professionals, students, government policy and strategy leads, military personnel, and other stakeholders from UK and overseas. The aim is to refresh our understanding of deterrence and assurance, and reconstitute UK national expertise on the subject.

Specific DAAA objectives are:

  • Development of a community of interest.
  • Leveraging of existing expertise and research on these topics.
  • Encouragement of the development of deterrence professionals.


The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review highlights that one of the UK government’s priorities is to deter state-based threats. In addition, National Security Objective 1 is defined as ‘Protect our People’, stating that the UK will ‘deter potential adversaries, including through renewal of our nuclear deterrent’.

DAAA Activities

Bringing together those with an interest in deterrence and assurance is at the heart of DAAA activity. It is our intent to run two workshops each academic year and conduct an annual conference (preferably at academic institutions). We are also keen to partner with, participate in and promote other relevant events at UK universities. Please let us know about events that you may be running that would be of interest to DAAA members. Details of future events will appear here.

Upcoming Events

7-8 March 2019: U.S Strategic Command 4th Annual DAAA Conference

Registration for U.S. Strategic Command’s 4th Annual Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference and Workshop is open. The event is hosted by the University of Nebraska - Omaha. Date: 7 - 8 Mar 2019 Please see website for additional details

May 2019: UK DAAA Student Research Day

Are you a student who has conducted research and / or written an essay, dissertation or other paper on a topic relevant to deterrence and assurance? If so, it may be considered for presentation at our 2nd annual Student Research Day, to be held in May 2019 (specific date to be confirmed) at Dstl Portsdown West, Hampshire. Contact the DAAA on the email for further information.

22-23 May 2019: 2nd DAAA Annual Conference

In association with the UK Defence Academy and King’s College London, the 2nd DAAA annual conference will take place on 22-23 May 2019 at MOD Shrivenham, Wiltshire. The theme of the conference is ‘Putting Modern Deterrence into Practice’. Event page Call for papers

The UK DAAA can be contacted at the following email address:

DAAA partners

U.S. Strategic Command USSTRATCOM runs a parallel DAAA activity in the U.S

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Published 13 February 2019