Nuclear

The world’s biggest arms company, Lockheed Martin, is a key player in the UK’s nuclear weapons industry. It manufactures the missiles and manages (along with Jacobs and Serco) the nuclear bases at Aldermaston and Burghfield where the warheads are designed, manufactured and refurbished. Another huge arms company, Rolls Royce, manufactures nuclear fuel rods at their plant in Derby. The involvement of these companies in the UK nuclear deterrent allows them a huge amount of influence over the government, which in turn seeks lucrative export deals for them. All of these companies were at the arms fair in 2015 and plan to be there again this September.

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Activist due to appear in court for Lockheed Martin protest

18 November 2015
An activist is due to appear in court on Tuesday 24 November for an action at Lockheed Martin’s London offices during the DSEI arms fair. There will be a solidarity presence outside the court from 9am Where: Westminster Magistrates Court, 181 Marylebone Road NW1 5BR When: Tuesday 24 November, 9am
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A year of protest against the arms trade

20 December 2013
When tackling the systems that perpetuate conflict, repression and inequality, change doesn’t come quickly, so it’s important to remind ourselves of our achievements along the way. 2013 was a brilliant year for anti-arms trade activism: Arms trade networking events were challenged wherever they took place; a wide range of groups took part in an amazing...
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On Trial: Defendants group statement

11 November 2013
We will defend our right to challenge the arms trade! A group of activists (mainly women) were charged after taking part in the ‘Occupy v the Arms Fair’ day of action on 8 September, which was part of the week of action against the DSEI Arms Fair at the Excel Centre, London. Our intention was...

Everything you ever wanted to know about the arms fair

7 September 2013
Over the past few months, we’ve collected some gems on our blog. Naturally, we didn’t want you to miss out, so see below for a categorised list of posts to whet your lips before the arms fair starts… Intersections with other struggles Palestine: The UK’s dirty secrets: Palestine and the arms trade // Israel’s booming...
Infographic: Military spending is twice the total cuts to the NHS.

Who pays for high military spending?

20 August 2013
We need to make explicit the choices our politicians are making: They are choosing to protect military spending from the cuts and to keep the UK’s spending on weapons the fourth highest in the world, while subjecting public services to vast cuts.
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Nuclear weapon makers at the arms fair

9 August 2013
Sara Medi Jones, CND Campaigns Officer writes about the companies at the arms fair which are pushing for the UK to renew its nuclear weapons system: Weapons companies are due to descend on London in September for the world’s largest arms fair. This ‘fair’, a pleasant sounding term for what really is a market for...