Security and disarmament

SGR produces a range of resources on the issue of 'security and disarmament'. This covers military technologies, arms control and disarmament (esp. nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, ‘Missile Defense’, conventional weapons) - as well as alternative concepts of security, peace building and conflict prevention.

Scientists and engineers have a central role in the development of weapons and therefore share a special responsibilty to society. SGR's project work has investigated the extensive influence that the military has over science and technology.

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, summarises the serious and growing threat from arms races in emerging military technologies.

3 October 2020

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks, Dr Philip Webber, SGR, outlines the key scientific and technological information on the current threat from nuclear weapons.

Latest update: 4 August 2020

The carbon footprint of British military spending is 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, a new SGR report has estimated - much higher than the Ministry of Defence admits.

19 May 2020
 

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, discusses the sudden interest by leading UK arms companies in manufacturing health equipment during the Covid-19 crisis - and the lessons for broader arms conversion.

29 April 2020

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are profoundly affecting our world. Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, takes an initial look at some of the lessons we should be learning.

25 March 2020

Prof Anna Stavrianakis, University of Sussex, explains how UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia have helped fuel the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and examines efforts to stop these exports.  

6 February 2020

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, assesses the latest data on the huge carbon emissions of the world’s militaries – and argues that only reductions in military spending will lead to the necessary cuts in this form of pollution.

8 January 2020

As NATO marks its 70th anniversary, Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, highlights the serious risks from the race for new weapons technologies.

3 December 2019

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, looks at how the fossil fuel and arms industries finance professional engineering and science organisations - and the many issues this raises - in this summary of the new report, Irresponsible Science?

6 October 2019

Barnaby Pace explores how international examples of defence diversification programmes show what success could look like in the UK – answering employment concerns and if Britain's nuclear weapons should be cancelled or curtailed.

10 September 2019