British Nuclear Doctrine: The ‘Moscow Criterion’ and the Polaris Improvement Programme

  title={British Nuclear Doctrine: The ‘Moscow Criterion’ and the Polaris Improvement Programme},
  author={J. Baylis},
  journal={Contemporary British History},
  pages={53 - 65}
  • J. Baylis
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Contemporary British History
This article focuses on continuity and change in British nuclear doctrine, especially in terms of targeting policy. After an initial assessment in 1945 that nuclear weapons would be scarce and would therefore have to be targeted, if war broke out, against urban centres, British nuclear strategy in the early Cold War period was based upon the concept of counter-force deterrence. This meant that projected nuclear forces were targeted against Soviet military forces in order to reduce damage to the… Expand
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