The British Nuclear Deterrent After the Cold War,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The Trident nuclear deterrent program is one of the United Kingdoms largest-ever military acquisitions. Planned and initiated in the depths of the Cold War, it is now coming to fruition, when the most obvious justification for it--the Soviet threat to Western Europe--has disappeared. The continuation of the program is not in doubt the money is largely spent or committed, and the main political parties agree on deploying the force. But the rationale needs refurbishment. Britain has traditionally preferred to represent her nuclear capability primarily as a contribution to NATOs collective deterrence. The second center of decisionmaking concept defined a particular value for that contribution. This rationale seized the moral high ground by associating Britains deterrent with NATOs strategy to prevent war, guarded the proliferation flank, and underpinned Anglo-American relations.
- Nuclear Warfare
- Government and Political Science