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Strategy, the Services, and Weapon Systems (i): The V-Bombers, Thor, Blue Steel, and Air Defence

Ian Clark

in Nuclear Diplomacy and the Special Relationship

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198273707
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273707.003.0008

Series: Nuclear History Program

Strategy, the Services, and Weapon Systems (i): The V-Bombers, Thor, Blue Steel, and Air Defence

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This chapter focuses on the British nuclear strategy during the period 1957–62. The one single theme which brings unity to the subject of British nuclear strategy during the period is the troublesome search for a viable delivery system which would retain credibility as a deterrent from the early 1960s onwards. The quest for an effective nuclear carrier, in turn, highlights all of the principal preoccupations of British strategy at the time: the burdens of producing high-technology missile systems; the dilemmas of relying upon an indigenous programme or opting instead for a purchase from the United States; the parochial interests of the various services and their determination to present a version of strategy that best corresponded with their own particular needs.

Keywords: deterrence; United States; nuclear carrier; nuclear strategy; delivery system

Chapter.  10290 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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