St Athan Military Academy and the Future of Wales

In January 2007, Westminster announced the success of the St Athan and Metrix bid to establish a new military training academy. In Wales, the first Minister Rhodri Morgan and the economic minister Andrew Davies sprayed Champagne outside the Senedd in celebration. In the Western Mail, the impression was that this was just about the best thing that had ever happened to Wales: £14 billion worth of contract and around 5,000 jobs.

But how will this military academy contribute to the Assembly’s proud goal of achieving sustainable development?

What exactly is Wales committing itself to when it signs onto the St Athan deal?

A Future Based on Militarism
A Stand Against the International Victims of British Military Aggression
A Commitment to Selling Welsh Youth on Military Work
An Acceptance of Green-washing Over True Environmental Accounting
A Commitment to Military Privatisation
A Welcome Mat for the World’s Largest Missile Manufacturer

What will be the impact of the academy on local quality of life – on traffic congestion, for example, and housing affordability? What will be the impact on Welsh education, and the social and political values that are taught to Welsh children and youth?

For those who are committed to a nuclear-free Wales, they should be aware that the Royal Navy’s Maritime Engineering School, which contains the Nuclear Systems Group, is projected to move from HMS Sultan to St Athan by 2017. The Nuclear Systems Group trains the Naval Officers responsible for operating the nuclear submarines that are the heart and soul of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system.

The campaign against the St Athan military academy is supported by the following organisations:

Aberystwyth Peace & Justice Network
Bangor Peace & Justice Group
Caernarfon Peace & Justice Group
Cardiff Anarchist Network
Cardiff Justice & Peace Group
Church Action Against Poverty
CND Cymru
CND (Swansea)
Communist Party of Wales
Cymdeithas y Cymod (Fellowship of Reconciliation Wales)
Cymdeithas yr Iaith (Welsh Language Society)
Cynefin y Werin
Green Party (Wales)
Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign
Penarth Justice & Peace Group
Permanent Revolution
Quakers (Caerleon)
Socialist Labour Party (Wales)
South Wales Anarchists
Stop the War (Bristol)
Stop the War (Cardiff)
Stop the War (Swindon)
Stop the War (UK)
Stop the War (Wrekin)
Women in Black (Abergavenny)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Wrexham Peace & Justice Centre