The UK’s decision to raise the ceiling on its nuclear-warhead stockpile points to a renewed concern in official circles about sustaining the credibility of the country’s nuclear force. Nick Childs and Douglas Barrie examine the implications of this controversial move. Arguably the most eye-catching and contentious element in the United Kingdom’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published on 16 March, is the plan to reverse course and raise the ceiling on the UK’s nuclear-warhead stockpile. In tandem with this, the government will revert to the stance of offering no public acknowledgement of the number of warheads in the operational stockpile, nor the number of missiles and warheads that are deployed. Together, both aspects of the review point to a renewed concern in official circles about sustaining the credibility of the country’s nuclear force.
IISS 26th March 2021 read more »
Natalie Bennett: That we have a Far Right government has become clearer than ever this week, demonstrated by events from the release of the Integrated Review of Security to the rush towards the Policing Bill.
Left Foot Forward 26th March 2021 read more »