Evidence submitted by Commodore Tim Hare

JUNE 2011

The UK government policy is one of high visibility, global responsibilities and ambitions. The price the UK pays for undertaking this role on the world stage is that we are more susceptible to global threats than other European countries who adopt a lower profile. As we live in a volatile and uncertain world, the UK should remain a nuclear weapons state.

UK should opt for Trident renewal as it is by far the cheapest and most effective option open to the UK.

Finally, in order to promote effective global disarmament, the UK should promote its own disarmament record, persuade other NWS to do what we have done, promote non proliferation measures and develop verification capabilities and, finally, persuade Russia to reduce their tactical nuclear weapons.

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