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MOD cannot afford Trident replacement

A new report from Malcolm Chalmers of the Royal United Services Institute indicates that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) cannot afford to go ahead with the plans to replace Trident, but they are likely to do this anyway. The squeeze on other parts of the defence budget could see regular army numbers declining to 50,000.


Chalmers argues that the MOD are likely to face real term cuts of 10% over the next four years. He shows that procurement spending on nuclear submarines and nuclear weapons between 2014/1 and 2023/24 is expected to be £40 billion. This is 25% of the total defence procurement budget for the period. At the peak nuclear spending will be 37% of all defence procurement. It is due to stay at this high level throughout the 2020s.

Spending billions on nuclear weapons is the worst possible use of taxpayers money. 

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