|Aldermaston is the headquarters of the UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) . |
The AWE was built in the early 1950s on a disused RAF aerodrome, and is responsible for the design and manufacture of the of the Trident submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile system.
It is the premier research and development laboratory for construction and operation of nuclear facilities involving handling of both fissile and non-fissile toxic materials.
The area is defended by Ministry of Defence Police (MDP), who are armed with pistols and machine guns. They also have dogs.