'Shared Responsibilities: A National Security Strategy for the United Kingdom, IPPR, 30 June 2009
Shared Responsibilities: A National Security Strategy for the United Kingdom, IPPR Commission on National Security in the 21st Century, 30 June 2009.
Summary and Recommendations, Excerpt
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The Commission believes firmly in the need to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons and in the need for the UK to play an active role in bringing that about. In the meantime, and in relation to Trident, the Commission recommends:
Recommendation 17: The future of Britainís independent nuclear deterrent should be considered as an integral part of the recommended Strategic Review of Security. This should consider:
Recommendation 18: In order to maintain the option of refreshing the current system as part of the Strategic Review of Security, the UK should continue with the crucial ongoing preparatory work on the concept, design and assessment phases of the Trident refresh.
Recommendation 19: To provide maximum additional flexibility in our position, the UK should also now recommence detailed exploratory work on the costs and viability of a further run-on, beyond 2024, of the existing Vanguard submarine hulls, so that the Strategic Review of Security, should it conclude that Trident is the appropriate way to go, can also consider this option if desired.
Recommendation 20: Finally, before any further decision of substance is taken on this matter, Parliament must have a further opportunity to vote.
Source: IPPR, www.ippr.org.