The second of BASIC's 2016 Parliamentary Briefing series relating to the Trident debate is a primer on Trident's cyber vulnerabilities. Cyber threats impact both critical civilian infrastructure and all military systems dependent upon digital control and communications. Trident systems must be seen as a valuable cyber target for adversaries keen to neutralise any nuclear threat against them. If they can have some confidence of preventing a Trident launch, where does that leave nuclear deterrence? Cyber vulnerability also raises critical questions of strategic stability. Trident, intended for strategic deterrence, risks becoming a dangerous, destabilising liability. Click the PDF link below to read the full briefing.
The full Parliamentary Briefing series includes:
This publication was submitted as evidence to the Labour Party's National Policy Forum.
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