Getting Real About the UK’s Trident Nuclear Program

Watching the UK debate last week, I was a bit surprised by the tone of the conversation around the British nuclear weapons program. Both David Cameron and Gordon Brown lit into Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg for not wanting to further invest in it, and Brown in particular clearly seemed to see this as a winning issue for him. Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn’t, but as my colleague Max Bergmann writes Britain’s “independent” nuclear deterrent is really quite useless and from the perspective of the UK’s relationship with the United States it would be much better for us for the British to reduce spending on nuclear weapons and focus on maintaining its high-quality conventional forces.