The Royal Navy's Polaris lobby, 1955–62

  title={The Royal Navy's Polaris lobby, 1955–62},
  author={K. Young},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={56 - 86}
  • K. Young
  • Published 2002
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
This article examines the background to the Royal Navy's acquisition of Polaris. The conventional wisdom is that the Navy had little interest in Polaris, which was foisted on it upon the cancellation of Skybolt. Extensive use of files in the Public Record Office is made to mount the contrary argument, that the Admiralty had been interested in the submarine-launched ballistic missile since at least 1955, that there was widespread support for it among the Naval Staff, that a substantial amount of… Expand
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