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Accession Number ADA562301
Title Boom or Bust: Britain's Nuclear Deterrent Beyond 2025.
Publication Date Apr 2012
Media Count 84p
Personal Author T. C. Green
Abstract Britain's submarine-launched nuclear deterrent is due to go out of service by 2025. The final decision to procure and replace it with a new system has been delayed until 2016, the latest decision deadline the procurement timeline will allow. The decision to replace the British deterrent is beset with challenging questions. Britain has over one trillion pounds of national debt. The Ministry of Defence needs to make severe cuts to its already shrinking budget. The 2016 decision to replace the deterrent submarines will cost 25 billion pounds that are currently unallocated. The Conservative and Liberal parties within Britain's coalition government have opposing views on nuclear weapons. Contemporary global threats are ambiguous with regards to the relevance of nuclear weapons. Finally, Britain's only nuclear submarine base in Scotland is in jeopardy from an anti-nuclear Scottish regional government that is making great strides towards a 2014 referendum on Scottish independence. The debate on replacing Britain's nuclear deterrent is a difficult and uncomfortable problem that the coalition government does not wish to confront in the current parliamentary term. The thesis of this paper is that Britain must make a decision by 2016 to continue Britain's nuclear deterrent if it is to guarantee national security into the middle of this century.
Keywords Ballistic missile submarines
British royal navy submarine bases
Decision making
Mass destruction weapons
Military budget cuts
Military budgets
Military procurement
National security
North korea
Nuclear deterrence
Nuclear warfare
Nuclear weapons
Nuclear-free scotland
Political parties
Scottish independence
Scottish nationalist party
Submarine launched
Submarine procurement
Submarine replacement
United kingdom

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
47A - Marine Engineering
74H - Nuclear Warfare
Corporate Author National Defense Univ., Norfolk, VA. Joint Advanced Warfighting School.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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