In this submission of evidence to the Trident Commission, Peter Cannon argues that the United Kingdom must remain a nuclear weapon state on the basis that it provides a level of deterrent that no other military capability can match. He suggests that nuclear weapons are the ultimate insurance policy against emerging and unforseen threats and must therefore be maintained as a vital component of the United Kingdom’s defence. He claims that the best way to counter proliferation remains to firmly oppose efforts by those countries seeking to develop nuclear weapons in defiance of their international obligations.
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Peter Cannon is the Governance, Security and Terrorism Section Director of The Henry Jackson Society.