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The principal findings of this study are that Great Britain's search for an independent nuclear deterrent was waged with a purposeful dedication that wedded highly effective statecraft and brilliant, innovative nuclear engineering to produce a strategic nuclear deterrent that remained under her sovereign control. Because Britain's efforts in this area were so often achieved in the face of United States' opposition, Britain's subsequent utilization of her deterrent capability as an instrument to secure American support, notwithstanding that opposition, ought to be considered an example of successful policy management. The product of this effort has been the Anglo-American "special relation-ship" in nuclear weapons.

Publication Date

12-1-1994

Publisher

U.S. Naval War College Press

City

Newport, RI

Keywords

Newport Papers, Nuclear Deterrence

Physics and Metaphysics of Deterrence

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