New report from CND shows why Trident 'makes us unsafe'

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CND has published a new report this week which examines the security implications of Trident, Britain's nuclear weapons system. The Security not Trident report was published in Parliament yesterday (8 February 2017) at a meeting with Caroline Lucas MP (Green), Kelvin Hopkins MP (Labour), Margaret Ferrier MP (SNP), Paul Ingram (British American Security Council)), and Richard Norton-Taylor (writer for the Guardian on defence and security).

Paul Ingram said: "We are on the verge of the emergence of several key technologies, including swarming drones in large quantities covering large areas of ocean, massive expansion in the capability of computers, abilities to sense and communicate underwater, that will sooner or later render the stealth of submarines inoperable."

Richard Norton-Taylor said: "Trident, of course, is supremely irrelevant to combating the main threat to Britain's security, a threat which, according to Cameron, will last a generation. So violent jihadist groups, now manifest by Isis, will still be the main security threat when a new Trident fleet starts to sail in the 2030s. And such groups are not going to be deterred by any nuclear weapon, least of all such intercontinental ballistic missiles as Trident."

Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said: "The recent news of misfired nuclear missiles, the ensuing government cover-up, and sustained silence about a serious accident, was symbolic of a wider truth: our decision makers haven't got a grip on the truth about Trident, Britain's nuclear weapons system.

"Trident is unsafe, and the misfired missile is only one part of the picture. Trident is vulnerable to emerging underwater drone technology; one of the unique selling points - that they are undetectable under water - soon won't exist. Our report also show why it is vulnerable to cyber attack, why it's not an independent deterrent and, as years of conflict demonstrate, nuclear weapons do not deter war.

"It's time for the government to address the real threats we face from terrorism, climate change, cyber-attacks and global health security. Not only does Trident not address these, it actually directs hundreds of billions of pounds away from schemes that could address these serious problems.

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