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UK nuclear weapons R&D spending
Addendum AA1 to Offensive Insecurity
Author: Stuart Parkinson
Published: February 2014
In this addendum to the SGR report, Offensive Insecurity (September 2013), we present an estimate of total UK government spending on nuclear weapons R&D, drawing on the data obtained for the report via freedom of information requests, and on further publicly available information about the different R&D spending streams. Our estimate includes spending on nuclear warheads and the new submarines being developed to carry UK nuclear weapons into the future. We briefly compare this estimate with other British military R&D spending, and R&D spending which helps to tackle drivers of conflict, such as climate change.
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