Burnham Global enables states and regional organisations to address a complex array of security challenges – including armed insurgency, terrorism, organised crime, and irregular migration – by improving their internal security capabilities. We do this primarily by training and mentoring militaries, police forces, intelligence services, and other government departments with security mandates. We also provide diagnostic assistance to help governments develop strategies for security mitigation; manage large-scale projects; and evaluate their efficacy. Burnham Global works on projects funded by donors, local governments, and foundations, working as either a prime or sub-contractor, depending on mission needs.
Burnham Global is committed to providing training and mentoring that has an impact on the recipient, and we hold our trainers – all of whom are military veterans with extensive operational experience, primarily from the UK – to the highest performance and ethical standards. We ensure that all of the training we conduct includes a strong emphasis on respect for human rights and gender sensitivity; is undertaken only after robust conflict analysis; and is conducted according to pertinent international laws and norms.
Burnham Global is wholly-owned by The Risk Advisory Group. Burnham Global was demerged from the larger company in 2020 to act as a standalone entity conducting operations for governments and multilateral organisations.
Burnham Global specialises in the training and mentoring of militaries, intelligence services, police forces, and other government bodies involved in security and stabilisation. Our offers depend on the needs of the client, ranging from basic military, policing, and investigative skills to highly-specialised courses; these are determined after we conduct a detailed training needs analysis of the security force or department in question. We have a global footprint but our core focus areas are the Middle East and Africa.
While we conduct short-term training, our belief is that long-term mentoring is a necessity to ensure that those receiving the training operationalise it properly. Some of our projects have run as long as a decade, and we have found that having trainers stay for the duration enables them to build rapport with training recipients and properly inculcate a professional ethos. This continuity is key to building a truly effective project over the long term. Lastly, while we are not an equipment provider, we work with trusted partners to ensure those being trained are properly equipped for the tasks at hand.
Projects are of limited utility unless their impacts are understood and measurable. To this end, Burnham Global offers customised Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) solutions for security-related projects, both in-house and as a third-party evaluator. Such services include conducting baseline studies; creating logical frameworks to outline the project goals and activities; and evaluating project progress using appropriate tools.
Extensive research and analysis underpins all of the work that we do, including conducting training and equipment needs analyses, political economy studies, and risk mapping. While it underpins all of our work, it is a service that we offer in and of itself. The nature of our research and analysis depends on the needs of the project and the client, but includes analysis of conflict dynamics, political economy, corruption, governance trends, and direct security threats from terrorism or insurgency. Such work can be of particular value for clients seeking to understand and mitigate security risks.
Burnham Global has extensive experience running multi-donor, multi-million dollar projects for government clients in difficult jurisdictions. Our leadership team brings decades of experience of project management, both inside and outside government, and we also have an extensive network of former military and police officers, diplomats, and intelligence operators who we can utilise for appropriate projects. As part of our project management, we operate a 24-hour operations centre to support our work, specifically to mitigate security threats and provide analysis.
International borders are increasingly a conflict flash point between state and non-state actors, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. At Burnham Global, we have long-standing experience helping governments design bespoke solutions to secure their borders, as well as train soldiers and police to manage and monitor them. Our concept of ‘intelligent borders’ reflects the reality that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to border security; rather, governments must carefully understand such factors as topography, traditional population flows, and the capabilities of those posing threats.
Burnham Global offers support for security forces struggling to deal with terrorism and insurgency, offering strategic and tactical solutions. This includes leveraging our international intelligence network to provide tailored research and analysis, specialised training, and strategic advice.
Organised trafficking of migrants is one of today’s most pressing international security challenges, affecting home and target countries, as well as transit states. Through our intelligent borders approach as well as more tailored solutions, Burnham Global helps clients to better understand migrant flows, identify key actors involved in smuggling and trafficking, train security forces on how to deal with the issue (including the rights of migrants), and work with governments on policy solutions.
Militaries and other security forces must ensure that they can properly treat casualties, both combatant and civilian, in order to be effective on the battlefield. To this end, Burnham Global has developed several programmes related to security force medical capability training. These range from basic medical training for soldiers to far more specialised training for military medics and doctors, such as the operation of field hospitals and development of casualty evacuation plans. Our project work utilises leading British medical experts with battlefield experience to impart their expertise to students of varying backgrounds and levels of education.
All operations are doomed to failure without the proper collection and analysis of intelligence from the field. Burnham Global applies a robust methodology derived from Western intelligence services to help security services build a reliable intelligence function from the ground up. Our experts can help services improve their collection and analytic capabilities from very basic to the most advanced techniques, depending on their needs. In addition, we utilise our internal experts and global network to provide strategic analysis on a range of global security challenges.
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