NIS update: June 2022

MOD equipment affordability risks remain despite £48bn extra funding
Despite a huge increase in funding, the National Audit Office has warned that the Ministry of Defence’s Equipment Plan faces serious cost pressures. Nuclear programmes appear to be particularly susceptible to cost increases. Read more.
Preparations for US nuclear weapons storage in UK
US budget documents show that the UK has been included in a NATO programme to upgrade storage facilities for US nuclear weapons. The most likely site is RAF Lakenheath, which hosted US weapons until 2008. Read more.
An update on UK nuclear weapons modernisation
An overview of the latest developments in the UK’s nuclear weapons modernisation programmes from NIS board member Dr Tim Street. Read more.
Burghfield leaves ‘special measures’ after eight years
AWE Burghfield, where the UK’s nuclear weapons are assembled and disassembled, has left enhanced regulatory attention. AWE Aldermaston remains under enhanced attention. Read more.

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