Speaking on a BBC Newsnight special, Nancy Soderberg dismissed the need to replace the nuclear system and called instead for the UK to invest in more conventional weapons.
Soderberg said: “The US has a very vibrant nuclear umbrella over Europe.
“The role Trident missiles really serve is symbolic but not a militarily-significant addition to that.”
Citing the notion the system is a deterrent against attacks from nuclear nations like Russia, she went on: “I don’t think Vladimir Putin, even if he keeps a downward tyrannical slide, is seriously going to contemplate using nuclear weapons on Europe.
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