Further reading


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Commander Robert Green RN (Ret'd) 'A former operator of British nuclear weapons, has drawn together a concise, carefully researched and documented account of the history, practicalities and dangerous contradictions at the heart of nuclear deterrence. He offers more credible, effective and responsible alternative strategies to deter aggression and achieve real security.' - Publisher's information.

‘Robert Green’s important book will doubtless cause perturbation amongst his former colleagues and in UK government and defence circles more widely, but they should read it carefully as they approach the decision point for the future of the UK’s nuclear deterrent.’ - Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB, RUSI Vice President, Editor The Naval Review.

Published by: the Disarmament & Security Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand

Kindle Edition: Amazon Digital Services, Inc; http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MFTBUZS

Available in hard copy paperback from CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/

More recently, Robert published an article Is Trident a broken sword?

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General George Lee Butler (born June 17, 1939) USAF, more familiarly known as Lee Butler, was Commander-in-Chief, United States Strategic Command, and the last commander of Strategic Air Command. During his time in office he became progressively alarmed at the vast quantity of nuclear weapons deployed by US Forces and the lack of overall control of their targeting. He reduced the number of nuclear targets from 12,000 down to 3000 and approximately halved the stockpile of weapons and, if he had been able to, would have reduced them to zero. Following his retirement from the military he became active in the nuclear disarmament movement, calling for the outright abolition of nuclear weapons.

He and his wife founded the Second Chance Foundation, dedicated to promoting responsible global reduction of nuclear dangers. The image on the left is the cover of a 20pp pamphlet laying out exactly why he became a nuclear weapons abolitionist. Click on the image to read it (pdf)                

On 1 October 1997 in Wellington, New Zealand, General Butler delivered the inaugural Erich Geiringer Memorial Oration having been introduced by Commander Green.  Dr Geiringer was a key mover in establishing the non-legal status of nuclear weapons in the 1990's. 


 Video recording (35 mins) of a presentation to The Iona Community in March 2018

 An Exchange of Correspondence with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Nuclear Policy Department in 2018

 The Independent

Features writer, Cole Moreton, has written an excellent 'in depth' article covering the whole topic
Trident: What the future holds for the UK's nuclear submarines

The Voices section  has given good coverage to a number of letters on the subject.

Subs with no Nukes!
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/letters-subs-with-no-nukes-aren-t-such-a-daft-idea-a6821861.html

The  independent deterrent that isn't
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters-the-independent-deterrent-that-isn-t-a6833211.html

Have we considered the alternatives?
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/letters-trident-have-we-considered-the-alternatives-a6835351.html

The Guardian

The Tories know Trident is a waste of money and only they can kill it off
An article by Chris Mullin in the Guardian 14 July 2016

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/14/tories-trident-waste-money-nuclear-deterrent-symbolic-labour