PM Boris Johnson has green lighted the building of the command room – or The Situation Centre (dubbed SitCen) – for use during such emergencies as terrorist strikes and crisis’ including pandemics.

The SitCen project is part of the government’s review of defence, security and foreign policy due to be unveiled on 16 March. The huge overhaul seeks to modernise and evolve the armed forces, intelligence and diplomacy.

The room will reportedly be staffed around the clock by “watchkeeper” staff from the National Security Secretariat who will use data analysis for “horizon scanning” in order to identify threats. 

Speaking recently at the Munich security conference, Johnson said:  “We will focus our investment on the new technologies that will revolutionise warfare – artificial intelligence, unmanned aircraft, directed-energy weapons and many others.”