Accession Number : ADA295566

Title :   The British Nuclear Deterrent After the Cold War,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Witney, Nicholas K.

PDF Url : ADA295566

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 141

Abstract : The Trident nuclear deterrent program is one of the United Kingdom's 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 NATO's collective deterrence. The "second center of decisionmaking" concept defined a particular value for that contribution. This rationale seized the moral high ground (by associating Britain's deterrent with NATO's strategy to prevent war), guarded the proliferation flank, and underpinned Anglo-American relations.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WARFARE, *COLD WAR, NATO, GROUND LEVEL, WARFARE, MILITARY STRATEGY, ETHICS, POLITICAL PARTIES, GREAT BRITAIN, DETERRENCE.

Subject Categories : Nuclear Warfare
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE