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Nicholas Witchell Introduces Former NASA Flight Director

8th January 2013

BBC’s Royal and diplomatic correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, attended this year’s Information Security Forum (ISF) World Congress, where he introduced former NASA flight director Gene Kranz.

Kranz gave an influential presentation called, ‘Failure is not an option,’ based on his experiences leading up to and directing the Apollo 13 mission to the moon. He made several parallels between the management of a security crisis and how he led the mission safely back down to earth, namely leadership, trust and making difficult decisions.

The three day event consisted of sessions with Dr Geraint Price of Royal Holloway University, panel discussions on ‘The role of government in security cyber space,’ case studies from PWC and breakout sessions.

Nicholas Witchell joined the BBC as a graduate news trainee and began working in Northern Ireland on the assassination of Earl Mountbatten and the IRA Hunger Strikes, before he went on to cover the Falklands Conflict and Margaret Thatcher’s 1983 general election campaign. 

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