NIS Update: April 2016

AWE consortium retains contract despite poor performance

AWE Management Ltd – the company responsible for operating the factories where the UK's nuclear weapons are built – has narrowly escaped being stripped of the contract for management of the Atomic Weapons Establishment following a secret internal review by the Ministry of Defence.  Read more.


New Chair and Chief Executive at the Atomic Weapons Establishments

The Atomic Weapons Establishment has announced new appointments to the two top posts in the commercial consortium that is contracted to operated the Establishment on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.  Read more.


Revealed: the 2012 Faslane safety incident which led to radiation exposure for twenty workers

Twenty workers repairing a Trident nuclear weapons submarine at the Faslane naval base received unplanned doses of radiation because of a “prolonged and repeated failure” by Royal Navy personnel  according to formerly unpublished documents obtained by Nuclear Information Service.  Read more.


23 nuclear flights between UK and US in five years

Military nuclear materials are flown across the South of England and South Wales around four times a year on average, according to new information revealed by the Ministry of Defence in answer to a Parliamentary Question.  The materials, in transit between the USA and the UK, are essential to the UK's nuclear weapons and nuclear submarine programmes.  Read more.


Defence Secretary announces £642 million spend on Trident replacement submarines

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced £642 million of spending for the Successor Trident replacement submarine programme.  Read more.


Underwater drone technology threatens submarines of the future

A new report from the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) has warned that the development of high-tech underwater drones and advances in sensor technology which will make the oceans “effectively transparent” could mean an end to the days when submarines can remain at sea undetected.  Read more.


Open-Ended Working Group begins work at UN to discuss steps towards global nuclear disarmament

Multilateral disarmament talks began at the United Nations last month (February 2016) on practical measures for building global security without nuclear weapons.  Despite claiming to be committed to multilateral disarmament, the UK government was not represented at the negotiations – and nor were any other of the world's nuclear armed states.  Read more.


We're recruiting for a new Research Manager

Nuclear Information Service is looking for a talented researcher and writer with a good understanding of nuclear disarmament issues. 35 hours per week at £30,030 per annum.  Read more.

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