Relocation, Relocation, Relocation
A Scottish vote for independence would present a significant challenge to the rest of the UK’s nuclear forces, which currently rely upon Scottish bases for operational support.
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In this paper, Hugh Chalmers and Professor Malcolm Chalmers argue that while the technical and financial challenges presented by Scottish independence would influence this discussion, they would not be severe enough to dictate it.
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About the Authors
Hugh Chalmers is a Research Analyst within RUSI’s Nuclear Analysis Programme. Hugh has previously worked at the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), IHS Jane’s, and the King’s College London Centre for Science and Security Studies. His recent publications on UK nuclear policy include, ‘The Bang Behind the Buck: Replacing the UK’s Nuclear Warheads’, RUSI Occasional Paper, March 2014; ‘A Disturbance in the Force: Debating Continuous At-Sea Deterrence’, RUSI Occasional Paper, January 2014; ‘The Future of the UK’s Co-operative Nuclear Relationships’, RUSI Occasional Paper, June 2013.
Professor Malcolm Chalmers is Research Director at RUSI, and leads its work on nuclear policy issues. His recent, relevant publications on this issue include ‘Dissolution and Defence: Scotland’s Armed Forces After A Yes Vote’, RUSI Journal (Vol. 159, No. 2, April/May 2014); ‘Towards the UK’s Nuclear Century’, RUSI Journal (Vol. 158, No. 6, December 2013); ‘Will Scotland Sink the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent?’, Washington Quarterly (Vol. 36, No. 3, Summer 2013) (with William Walker). He has given evidence on the defence implications of Scotland’s independence to the House of Commons Defence, Foreign Affairs and Scottish Affairs Committees.