Following the publication of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 the 2012-2015 National Counter Proliferation Strategy has been updated to guide the UK’s counter proliferation activity until 2020.
The overall aim of the National Counter Proliferation Strategy to 2020 is to prevent the spread or further development of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear capability or advanced military technology which could threaten UK interests or regional stability. The revised Strategy broadly follows the same lines of action as over the previous five years, but has been restructured and updated to take account of new developments. It focuses UK action around three strands:
influencing the intent of others, as the most effective way of controlling capabilities;
controlling access globally to the materials and knowledge that would allow a hostile state or terrorist group to act on that intent;
identifying and disrupting illicit attempts to circumvent these controls.
The UK will work closely with allies, deploying our diplomatic, intelligence, law enforcement and scientific expertise to tackle these challenges.