The 2018 UK PONI Papers examine contemporary civil and military nuclear issues and are written by emerging experts from academia, government and industry who presented at the 2018 UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) Annual Conference.
The issues surrounding nuclear weapons and nuclear energy are complex and multifaceted, and successive generations will be called upon to understand and manage them. Stakeholders from industry, the military, government and academia must therefore collectively foster the emergence of the next generation of nuclear experts and build a broad knowledge base, from technical intricacies to international security dynamics.
UK PONI aims to promote this next generation of nuclear expertise by establishing a forum where emerging and established specialists can exchange knowledge and develop fresh thinking on a range of contemporary nuclear issues. Each year, it invites emerging experts to present their research and ideas to an audience of established members of the UK nuclear community at the UK PONI Annual Conference. The presentations from the 2018 Annual Conference have been adapted by the experts for this publication.
I. Deterrence Planning Through Artificial Intelligence
II. Self-Driving Cars? Why Not a Self-Driving Nuclear Power Station? The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Civil Nuclear Power Stations
III. Could a State Cyber Attack Result in Nuclear Retaliation?
IV. Securing Operational Technology: Nuclear Critical National Infrastructure
V. An Argument for Capability Retention in the Event of Multilateral Disarmament
VI. An Examination of the Potential Effects on Nuclear Safeguards of the UK Leaving the EU
VII. The Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Impacts of US Leadership on Arms Control
VIII. Bridging the Transatlantic Divide: Assessing the Implications of Changes to US Declaratory Policy for European Allies
IX. China’s Response to the US Nuclear Posture Review
X. Anti-Satellite Technology and US–China Nuclear Deterrence Stability
XI. The Future of Fast Attack Submarines in the UK: Nuclear Relevance, Cost Cutting and Enrichment
XII. Over the Horizon Nuclear Technologies: The Rise of Hypersonic Defence
XIII. The United States Sale of Trident to the United Kingdom, 1977–1982
XIV. Generational Analysis for the Recruitment and Retention of Talent Within the Nuclear Industry: A Summary
Ben Percy and Victoria Murtland
The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of RUSI or any other institution.