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Skills shortage threatens MoD nuclear programmes

A shortage of skilled nuclear personnel within the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Royal Navy is “the principal threat to the delivery of nuclear safety”, according to an internal MoD report.

Nuclear safety event reported every fortnight at Atomic Weapons Establishment

An official record of nuclear incidents has revealed that over the last three years over eighty safety-related events were reported to government safety inspectors by the factory where Britain's nuclear weapons are designed and built – an average of more than two every month.

Staffing and organisational change highlighted as key challenges to MoD nuclear safety

Staffing issues and organisational change remain the biggest safety challenges to the UK's military nuclear programme according to a report published by an internal Ministry of Defence safety regulator.

Increase in number of nuclear safety incidents sparks concern over safety standards at Clyde submarine bases

The number of safety incidents recorded at the UK's Trident nuclear submarine and weapons bases on the Clyde estuary has shown a sharp increase according to internal Ministry of Defence documents.

Sex, drugs and violence: Coronation Street plot lines? No - all in a day’s work for USAF nuclear missile teams.

Drug abuse, cheating, and drunkenness may sound like plotlines from a television soap opera, but they are real life issues currently confronting the US Air Force's nuclear missile launch crews.

Staff shortages, organisational change, and ageing equipment – the main challenges to defence nuclear safety

A shortage of nuclear-skilled personnel and the rapid pace of organisational change within the Ministry of Defence pose the greatest challenges to the safety of the UK's nuclear weapons and nuclear powered submarine programmes, according to the latest annual report of the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator.

Safety watchdog: Atomic Weapons Establishment 'exposed people to risk'

An investigation by the government's nuclear safety watchdog has found “clear evidence” that the structure of a nuclear processing facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has degraded to the extent that "normal operations can no longer be justified".

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