Nuclear Weapons

THE UK is facing an “unparalleled” threat due to more and more countries developing nuclear weapons as well as the ignoring on chemical weapons bans, according to a new report. It warned that missiles could be seized and used to perform attacks on the UK and its interests. The report also warned about the using up of the Earth’s natural resources causing mass migration which could help to start more wars. The reports came from a MoD think tank called the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre. This report was used by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson to get more funding.

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Posted: 15 October 2018

Nuclear Weapons

The SNP would demand Labour scrap Britain’s nuclear weapons programme in any election pact that puts Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10, the party’s defence spokesman has said.

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Posted: 5 October 2018

Nuclear Weapons

Once 50 states ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, it will enter into force and become international law. With these new ratifications and signatories, the Treaty is nearly 40 per cent of the way there, 12 months after being opened for signature.

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Posted: 28 September 2018

Nuclear Weapons

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) raises today its ongoing and real concerns with safety at the UK’s military nuclear sites, including Devonport Dockyard, where Trident submarines undergo refit, and the Atomic Weapons Establishment, where the UK’s nuclear weapons are made. The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office have recently highlighted serious safety issues in the defence nuclear sector. As such, NFLA therefore calls on the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to work with the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator to push for significant improvements in the sector. In its alarming report, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) concluded that the infrastructure supporting the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet, which hosts the Trident nuclear weapons programme, is ‘not fit for purpose’. It goes on to say significant delays to maintenance at 13 Ministry of Defence (MoD) nuclear sites has created a ‘ticking time bomb’ putting nuclear safety and the wider defence nuclear programme under threat. The Committee has previously warned about a £2.9billion ‘affordability gap’ for Ministry of Defence nuclear programmes, and particularly that of replacing the Trident weapons programme. Its latest report now notes that there is likely to be a shortage of space at the Devonport and Rosyth dockyards due to delays in dismantling and removing older redundant submarines.

NFLA 25th Sept 2018 read more »

Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Peace Minister is devising a plan to be considered by the Shadow Cabinet that he hopes will pave the way for Labour to support scrapping the Trident nuclear deterrent. Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton, an ally of the Labour leader, is working on a defence diversification strategy to show how high-skilled military engineering workers can be retrained to work in industries like health technology, transport and education.

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Posted: 26 September 2018

Submarines

The infrastructure supporting the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet is no longer ‘fit for purpose’ warns the Public Accounts Committee. Delays to maintenance at 13 Ministry of Defence run nuclear sites has created a ‘ticking time bomb’, a powerful House of Commons committee has warned. The Public Accounts Committee highlighted a potential £20 billion shortfall in the MoD’s overall equipment programmes and has questioned the ability of the MoD to meet its national security commitments.

Ecologist 25th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 25 September 2018

Aldermaston

The consortium that runs Britain’s nuclear weapons factory paid itself £70m of dividends last year despite huge delays and cost overruns on a key project. AWE Management paid the dividends to its shareholders — the giants Serco, Jacobs and Lockheed Martin — which have a long-term contract to run the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). AWE, which develops and builds the nuclear warheads that arm the navy’s Trident submarine fleet, came under fire from the government’s spending watchdog in May. The National Audit Office said an upgrade to AWE’s warhead assembly facility in Berkshire was six years late and costs had spiralled from £734m in 2011 to £1.8bn. AWE has also been at loggerheads with the nuclear safety watchdog, which, in July, prosecuted the company over an incident last year in which an electrician was injured. At a court hearing last week, AWE admitted failing to ensure the safety of its staff. It is due to be sentenced in November.

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Posted: 23 September 2018

Proliferation

WHILE MUCH of the world is justifiably anxious about North Korea’s rise as a nuclear weapons power, and the doomsday talk can be jarring, there is a glimmer of good news in the latest biennial index of nuclear security prepared by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, published Sept. 5. The report shows that, though the last nuclear security summit was two years ago, nations are continuing to work toward properly securing fissile material and vulnerable nuclear sites.

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Posted: 23 September 2018

Nuclear Weapons

SUNSHINE and a rainbow reflected the positive vibes at the Nae Nukes Anywhere’ peaceful protest march from the peace camp in Faslane yesterday, led by Scottish makar Jackie Kay. More 600 people from around the world and of all ages gathered at Trident’s military base at the gates of HMNB Clyde to urge governments around the world to ban nuclear weapons.

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THE European Union may try to adopt its own independent nuclear deterrent following the apparent breakdown of its relationship with Donald Trump, experts warned last night. It follows comments by French president Emmanuel Macron that the EU must be in a position to guarantee its own territorial security, amid fears that the US has become “Europe-weary” over its Nato commitment.

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Posted: 23 September 2018

Proliferation

The criticism that supporters of US nuclear exports have found most difficult to counter has been that their wares give an importing country a big leg up on getting a bomb. For decades the exporters’ response has been to pretend this was not so. Now comes Michael Shellenberger, a prominent nuclear power advocate, who casts all this aside. Yes, he writes, there is a strong link between nuclear electricity and weapons, and in fact most countries that built nuclear power plants did so with weapons at least partly in mind. But this is not so much a confession as a sales pitch. He thinks the weapons potential of nuclear power plants actually prevents war—the weapons shadow cast by nuclear plants itself deters enemies—and that this attribute should be exploited as a sales advantage by US nuclear exporters. Shellenberger’s assessment of the nuclear power-weapons link is important rhetorically because it comes from the nuclear side of the house. He has been celebrated by the nuclear industry and the conservative press as one of the new breed, “pro-technology,” environmental activists who joined the nuclear ranks and are not afraid to do battle with their colleagues over nuclear power. So, his admission about the closeness of civilian and military nuclear technology—realistically what lawyers call a declaration against interest—carries a certain weight and may convince people who have up to now resisted the notion. But Shellenberger goes on. He was always a bit unrestrained in his advocacy of nuclear power, and in speaking of nuclear weapons he surpasses himself. In an earlier piece, he presents an anecdotal case on why nuclear weapons were a cure-all for world conflict.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 20th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 22 September 2018

Submarines

THE SNP have hit out at Westminster “failure” as MPs accuse the Ministry of Defence of creating a “ticking time bomb” by neglecting nuclear sites. A cross-party committee of MPs says the infrastructure for supporting the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet is no longer “fit for purpose” in a scathing new report. The Commons Public Accounts Committee slammed past decisions to delay maintenance at the MoD’s 13 nuclear sites around the UK. The warning comes after the National Audit Office disclosed earlier this year that the MoD’s “Nuclear Enterprise” programme was facing a £2.9 billion “affordability gap”. SNP defence spokesperson Stewart McDonald said: “It beggars belief that despite a huge cost of £2.2 bn a year to maintain, the UK Government has failed to ensure its fleet of nuclear submarines are fit for purpose.

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The Public Accounts Committee has revealed the latest catalogue of Ministry of Defence incompetence and negligence. It has warned that the infrastructure supporting the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet is no longer ‘fit for purpose’ and that MoD decisions to delay maintenance at its 13 nuclear sites had created a ‘ticking time bomb’. Questioning the ability of the MoD to meet its national security commitments, the Committee highlighted a potential £20 billion shortfall in the MoD’s overall equipment programme. It also raised problems with the delivery of the new aircraft carriers.

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Posted: 22 September 2018