Allison Barrie runs the War and Culture programme, an initiative that aims to look again at the changing relationship between contemporary conflict and modern Western culture.
Her past work on Ministry of Defence-sponsored projects included concentrating on future combat capabilities, soldiers' combat effectiveness, impact of combat on soldiers' psychological well-being, the use of reserves and retention issues related to British Army deployments. Her commercial advisory work for Fortune 500 companies includes analysing critical supply-chain vulnerability and resilience in the context of the threat of terrorism, pandemics and natural disasters. While senior research fellow at the Commission on National Security in the Twenty-First Century hosted by IPPR, her work focused on analysis of the terrorism threat, counter-terrorism measures, emergency response and critical national infrastructure resiliency.
Allison was the host of the 2008 Homeland Security Science & Technology and First Responder Conference and has been a speaker at DHS briefings. She appears regularly on FOX News as a defence and homeland security expert and is their columnist on defence and security. Her first book, looking at US military operations doctrine, will be published in August 2011. She has organised a tea dance for World War II veterans at the Royal Opera House this June 2011.
Before working in defence, Allison worked as a professional ballet dancer performing at the Royal Opera House, London Coliseum, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Kennedy Center amongst others. She also acted as a consultant on the dance aspect for some films shooting in the United Kingdom.
Allison is qualified in English law and practiced in London as a solicitor. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and King's College War Studies.