The Skybolt Crisis of 1962: Muddle or Mischief?

  title={The Skybolt Crisis of 1962: Muddle or Mischief?},
  author={K. Young},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={614 - 635}
  • K. Young
  • Published 2004
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
This paper revisits the controversy over the cancellation of the US Skybolt air-launched ballistic missile in 1962. Cancellation provoked an acute crisis in Anglo-US relations, which historians and political scientists on both sides of the Atlantic have generally sought to explain in terms of mis-communication. This approach may be termed the 'muddle' thesis. Other analysts have been more suspicious of British intentions and tactics in the run-up to cancellation - the 'mischief' thesis. In… Expand
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