The controversy over the failure of a Trident missile test last June is greater than might be imagined. Did the government know the reason for the failure before the House of Commons decided a few days later on renewing funding for the system?
That’s serious enough, but there’s something far more problematical involved. All computer systems and all electronic components are vulnerable to being degraded due to cosmic radiation from outer space or from radioactive bedrock underground. Could this have affected the Trident system? It could well have been the case.
Everything we presently rely on by way of banking and financial systems will break down sooner or later due to radiation damage. Indeed, it has been calculated that none of our computers will be operational well within 100 years. Some fail-safe tandem systems will have to be developed before too long.
This is potentially going to require a great deal more transparency from government than this Trident incident.