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Commander Robert Green RN (Ret'd) is a former operator of British nuclear weapons. He draws 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.

Published by: Spokesman Books, Nottingham, United Kingdom, Price: £14.99,
Publication date: May 2018Paperback 266 pages, with colour illustrations  ISBN 9780 85214 8721   

Download The Foreword, Chapter 1 and Chapter 7 of this revised edition of his book.

In May 2016 Commander Green published an article Is Trident a broken sword? in Warships International Fleet Review and re-published here by kind permission of the Editor.

Click on image (l) to read the flier.


General George Lee Butler USAF (born 17 June 1939) - 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)
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell's address to the Church Synod in July 2018 when he was still the Bishop Of Chelmsford is particularly worth reading. It made a major contribution to ending years of ambivelence by the Church of England about nuclear weapons.

 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

Trident: What the future holds for the UK's nuclear submarines
An excellent 'in depth' article covering the whole topic in Features by Cole Moreton.

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

Subs with no Nukes!

The  independent deterrent that isn't

Have we considered the alternatives?

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


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