In an editorial in today’s Telegraph, Prime Minister David Cameron outlined why he believes it is necessary to renew Trident. Stating that it would be ‘foolish to leave Britain defenceless against a continuing, and growing, nuclear threat’, the Prime Minister called Trident ‘an insurance policy that the United Kingdom cannot do without’. Addressing the costs of the programme, the Prime Minister states that he believes ‘the security of our nation is worth the price’.
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PM Cameron’s editorial follows a series of recent articles on the renewal of Trident in the British press including:
Labour is right to support Trident by Labour MPs Angela Smith & John Woodcock, Guardian, 31 March 2013
There is no magic alternative to Trident – Britain has got to keep it by John Hutton and George Robertson, 28 February 2013
Discarding Trident would not aid global nuclear disarmament; it would only imperil UK security by Lord West, The Independent, 26 February 2013
Trident is no longer key to Britain’s security by Des Browne and Ian Kearns, The Telegraph, 5 February 2013
House of Lords debate on Nuclear Disarmament and the media coverage, 24 January 2013
Trident: no need for like-for-like replacement, says Danny Alexander, Interview with the Guardian, 22 January 2013
Trident will not protect us by Nick Harvey, The Guardian, 22 January 2013
A report published today by the European Leadership Network, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Russian International Affairs Council and the Munich Security Conference warns that the Euro-Atlantic Region’s security policies are dangerously out-of-date, potentially destabilizing and costly.
The report “Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region” contains recommendations from more than 30 top military, political and security experts from across Europe, Russia and the United States. It concludes that today’s leaders should move decisively and permanently toward a new security strategy through a politically mandated dialogue and an integrated approach to the full range of security issues.
In each of the six key areas addressed in – nuclear forces, missile defences, prompt-strike forces, conventional forces, cyber-security and space – specific steps are identified to reduce dangers along with a new approach grounded in today’s opportunities and challenges.
The report is published in the names of former US Senator Sam Nunn, former British Defence Secretary and Convenor of the Top Level Group, Des Browne, former Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Igor Ivanov, and Munich Security Conference Chairman and former German Deputy Foreign Minister Wolfgang Ischinger.
The full report, the Co-Chairs’ Summary and a Russian-language version of the report can be found at www.BuildingMutualSecurity.org.
The International Herald Tribune has today published an article by Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov and Sam Nunn in which they argue that Cold War-era strategies and tactics are ill-suited to the real and current threats we face. The authors describe working this past year with over 30 senior political, military and security experts from across the Euro-Atlantic area to develop a new approach for building mutual security in the region. This approach is set out as recommendations for key policy changes for presidents, prime ministers, parliamentarians and publics.
Read the International Herald Tribune article here.
Lord Browne is a former British defence secretary, convener of the Top Level Group, and Chair of the European Leadership Network; Ambassador Ischinger is a former German deputy foreign minister and Chairman of the Munich Security Conference. Igor Ivanov, former Russian foreign minister, is president of the Russian International Affairs Council. Sam Nunn, former U.S. senator, is co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. They are co-chairmen of the “Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region” initiative.
Read Alistair Burt’s answer in Parliament on why the UK Government did not send a representative to the Oslo Conference on the Consequence of Nuclear Weapons Use.
Link to the HANSARD.