MIL-OSI UK: Is the disarmament regime undermined by nuclear modernisation programmes?

Source: British House Of Lords News

09 January 2019
The International Relations Committee takes evidence on the modernisation plans of nuclear weapon states and what effects they could have on the current non-proliferation and disarmament regime.

Wednesday 9 January in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster
At 11.10am
Mr Tom Plant, Director, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Royal United Services Institute
Possible questions
Is the existence and development of nuclear weapons playing a role in the recent increase in geopolitical tensions?
What are the current nuclear modernisations plans of the nuclear weapon states?
To what extent do the UK’s modernisation plans differ from those of the larger nuclear powers, namely Russia and the United States?
To what extent are nuclear weapon states accounting for new technologies, such as cyber, in their modernisation plans?
How are the deterrence requirements of nuclear weapons states changing and what impact might this have on modernisation plans and on progress towards disarmament?
Are nuclear weapon modernisation plans undermining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the wider disarmament regime? If so, how?
Are there any changes the UK could make to its nuclear policies, including towards nuclear modernisation, that would make it a more responsible nuclear power?
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MIL-OSI UK: Defence Secretary gives statement on the Modernising Defence Programme

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18 December 2018
Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, has given a statement in the House of Commons on the Modernising Defence Programme.

Following a review into how to modernise the UK’s armed forces, the Defence secretary said, “we can be proud of what we’ve achieved since 2015 but we must also be vigilant.”
Following the announcement of an additional £1.8billion for defence in the 2018 Budget, the Minister set out three broad priorities for defence – mobilisation, modernisation and the transformation of how the UK conducts business related to defence.
Concluding his statement Williamson said,

“The capability, investments and policy approaches set out with the extra £1.8billions worth of defence funding will help us keep on track to deliver the right UK defence through the challenging decade ahead. Without a shadow of a doubt there is a lot more work to be done as we move towards next year’s spending review. We must sustain this momentum if we are to realise our long-term goals of increasing the lethality, reach and mass of our armed force”

The Shadow Defence Secretary, Nia Griffith, responded to the Government’s statement on behalf of the Opposition.
Criticising the delay to the review, she said

“Given the amount of time it’s taken […] it is staggering that the end result is so underwhelming”

She went on to question the announced funding and the Government’s past and ongoing strategy for defence.
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MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates reconciliation in British foreign policy

Source: British House Of Lords News

13 December 2018
Members of the Lords, including a member of the Lords International Relations Committee and the Labour spokesperson for international development, will debate the role of reconciliation in British foreign, defence and international development policy, in the House of Lords on Friday 14 December.

This is a general debate. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (Bishops).
Members expected to take part include:
Earl Howe (Conservative), minister of state in the Ministry of Defence, will respond on behalf of the government.
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