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British Defense Policy and the Logic of Deterrence.

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Technical Report,01 Jul 2017,24 May 2018

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US Army School of Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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In the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review deterrence assumed a position of central prominence within British defense policy this reflected NATOs renewed focus on deterrence following Russias 2014 invasion of the Ukraine. This monograph examines the logic of deterrences prominence in, and the way in which it contributes to the wider aims of British defense policy. The traditional understanding of deterrence as a dyadic relationship is inadequate, and leads to a limited appreciation of deterrences utility. Deterrence should be considered in terms of three faces a dyadic relationship a form of group communication and a social construction. These three faces expand the utility of deterrence, and the strategic possibilities a deterrent relationship offers the state. Considered within the context of British defense policy, the United Kingdoms deterrent posture reduces the likelihood of Russia conducting military action against a NATO member state, but its most important contribution is in the maintenance of the United Kingdoms global influence. Deterrence is necessary to maintain the Special Relationship with the United States, and to ensure the United Kingdom has a leading role within international organizations.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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