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CASD: Options for Trident Patrolling

The third of BASIC's 2016 Parliamentary Briefing series relating to the Trident debate focuses on the issue of continuous-at-sea-deterrence (CASD).

David Cameron announced at the NATO summit in Warsaw on Saturday, “a parliamentary vote [to be held] on July 18 to confirm MP's support for the renewal of four nuclear submarines capable of providing around the clock cover”. Theresa May is expected to follow through with this decision.

Price tag on Trident nuclear missile fleet still unknown but rising

Richard Norton-Taylor has written an article for the Guardian on April 26th about the rising costs of Trident and has cited BASIC's input into the ongoing financial debate. Dr Nick Ritchie's recent publication tracing the increasing costs of a Trident replacement is directly quoted in this article and is also hyperlinked within the text. 

New Trident submarines doomed by drones of the future, says new report

The Guardian's Julian Borger wrote an article based on BASIC's recently published report on underwater drone technology. He explains that because of the new technologies, it will become impossible for submarines to hide in the oceans. He includes a hyperlink to the BASIC report,  and cites further research by David Hambling in the article. 

Trident: Getting agreed Labour position 'may be impossible'

BBC News featured a story about the Labour party dvision on Trident as it goes through its defence review. Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham was quoted as saying it may be 'impossible' for Labour to reach an agreed position on Trident. BASIC's Paul Ingram was mentioned as saying 'the advent of new technology meant it may no longer be possible for submarines to go undetected in 20 years.'

Trident: A Done Deal?

Trident is in the news again, and will continue to generate heat in the run up to a parliamentary debate promised later this year on the programme and patrolling posture. But the outcome is clear, pre-determined in the minds of the political elite and to some extent in contractual and diplomatic commitments. For now. Could the equation change in the next parliament? The momentum behind the project appears unstoppable, but beware unexpected shocks before coming to a firm conclusion.

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