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MOD Projects Over Budget

leftThe Ministry of Defence's 20 biggest weapon projects are £2.6 billion over budget and 36 years behind schedule according to the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

New CND Report on Trident & Employment

A new CND Report, Trident & Employment: The UKÂ’s industrial and technological network for nuclear weapons makes clear that replacing the Trident  weapons system will have a detrimental impact on employment.

Salmond calls for ban on nuclear convoys

leftThe First Minister of the Scottish Government has called for a ban on the convoys transporting Trident nuclear weapons. He has announced that a summit will take place on nuclear weapons and that this issue will be considered.

Scottish Government summit on Trident

leftBruce Crawford, Parliament Minister, has announced that the Scottish Government is inviting representatives of civic Scotland to a summit on Trident in October.  This follows the Scottish Parliament's vote in June to oppose plans for new nuclear weapons.

Jeremy Greenstock questions Trident decision

leftFormer British Ambassador to the UN, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, has questioned the decision to renew Trident and the message that it sends to other countries. 

B52 loaded with nuclear weapons by mistake


A US Air Force B52 flew 1,500 miles across the United States armed with nuclear weapons without authorisation.

The aircraft was loaded with nuclear armed Advanced Cruise Missiles by mistake.  The incident happened on 30 August and has been criticised in Congress.

Edwards Wants To "Rid the Planet" of Nuclear Weapons

Democratic candidate John Edwards says if he's elected US President, one of his goals will be getting rid of nuclear weapons

Aldermaston's new bomb

leftThe Herald newspaper have reported on Britain's plan to build a new "High Surety Warhead".  This is likely to be linked to the US programme for a "Reliable Replacement Warhead".  The MoD has been very reticent about what is going on at Aldermaston.  They have refused to give detailed answers to questions asked in Parliament, or to divulge their plans to the Defence Committee of the House of Commons.

US to upgrade more Trident warheads


The Bush administration have increased the number of Trident warheads which will be upgraded and made more accurate.  The proportion to be modernised has risen from 25 % to 63 %.  The new plan is to upgrade around 2,000 Trident warheads.  Britain has a similar programme to upgrade the current Trident warheads at Aldermaston.

Polaris missile handling incident

leftDeclassified reports of a missile handling incident at Coulport in 1987 reveal that there were serious concerns about the safety of a crane which was used to move Polaris nuclear missiles.  This was reported by Rob Edwards,