Saturday, 21 September 2013

Times letter: NATO doctrine of collective defence means Trident replacement is unnecessary

Sir, The long-established Nato doctrine of collective defence is regarded by all other member states, bar France and the US, as sufficient protection from the threat of pre-emptive nuclear or conventional attack. Why is Britain any different? Far better to divert some of the resources that will be spent on replacing Trident to reversing the cuts to our conventional Armed Forces and bolstering the UK’s abilities to project real power in the world. Our position at the top table of diplomacy would be strengthened by more soldiers, ships and aircraft, not by four Trident submarines.
John Slinger


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