AUTHORStoddart, Kristan
TITLELosing an Empire and Finding a Role: Britain, the USA, NATO and Nuclear Weapons, 1964-70
PUBLISHERPalgrave Macmillan
CITYNew York, NY

This work addresses the issues surrounding Britain’s possession and development of nuclear weapons from October 1964 to June 1970 under the government of Prime Minster Harold Wilson. Using declassified documents, it analyzes capabilities, threat assessments, nuclear war plans, as well as costs and commitments related to nuclear weapons pursued by Britain, the United States, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The author contends that British nuclear weapons policy was formed by a need to maintain the nation's credibility as a strategic power. Specific topics discussed include the Polaris missile program, reform of NATO strategy, planning for the use of tactical nuclear weapons, anti-ballistic missile systems and arms control, and NATO’s doctrine of flexible response. The book concludes with a summary of factors that influenced the British government’s nuclear policy between 1964 and 1970.

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