Why Trident?


ISBN: 978 0 85124 8905

Format: Paperback

Length: 108pp

Size: A5


by Commander Robert Forsyth RN (Ret’d)

With a foreword by Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB MA

Introduction by Professor Nick Grief BA PhD Barrister

“The theory of nuclear deterrence is flawed, unproven and poses significant dangers from accidental use.”

Commander Robert Forsyth


Commander Robert Forsyth RN (Ret’d) commanded a diesel-powered submarine HMS Alliance, was Executive Officer (2nd-in-command) of the Polaris submarine HMS Repulse (temporarily in command), Teacher to the submarine CO’s Command Course, Perisher, and commanded a nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Sceptre. He has journeyed from the depths of the Cold War and acceptance of ‘nuclear deterrence’ to a rejection of that concept and opposition to renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. This book details Commander Forsyth’s journey, reveals the findings of his research, and stands as a testament to what can be unleashed when the “habit of conformity” is eroded and a determined search for answers is embarked upon.


“It is timely to review our nuclear deterrent in the light of our overall posture, and of the moral, legal and practical issues involved.  We can no longer simply assume it is essential, irrespective of its impact on our overall defence and security posture. Few people have done more to examine rigorously the related issues than Rob Forsyth and I am very glad that his work in this field is now being given the exposure it deserves. He has produced a book that all those involved in this field should read and carefully reflect upon.”

Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham