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American Corporations Own UK Nuclear Deterrant Answered

The (British) government has sold its last remaining shares in the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire to an American company.

The fee paid by California-based Jacobs Engineering has not been disclosed.

The sale of British Nuclear Fuels' stake means Jacobs has control of one third of Aldermaston's operating company, AWE Management.

The other two thirds were already in private hands. They are split equally between American defence giant Lockheed Martin and the British plc Serco.

Aldermaston is responsible for the production of warheads for the Trident nuclear deterrent programme and its planned replacement.

Some opposition politicians claim that US control of UK weapon production breaks the "no technology sharing" conditions of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

BBC story

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kelseymh
kelseymh

12 years ago

Dame Thatcher would be rolling over in her grave, if she were dead yet. As it is, I hope she's asking Pointed Questions.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

You know, I seriously doubt it - this is an ultimate privatisation sale. The Thatcher I grew up with would probably have been happy to have national defence in the hands of private enterprise...

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

12 years ago

Don't sell your nukes to Amy Cans, you'll regret it....

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puffyfluff
puffyfluff

12 years ago

Wow. I guess I must say I'm not surprised, though.