Post-World War II

Nuclear Deterrence Policies


Cathcart, Brian. Test of Greatness: Britain's Struggle for the Atomic Bomb. London: John Murray, 1994.

Clark, Ian. Nuclear Diplomacy and the Special Relationship: Britain's Deterrent and America, 1957-62. London: Macmillan, 1994.

Cole, Benjamin. "British Technical Intelligence and the Soviet Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Threat, 1952-60." Intelligence and National Security 14, no. 2 (Summer 1999): 70-93.

"British technical intelligence of Soviet IRBM capabilities was ... inadequate for the purposes of strategic planning.... Consequently, strategic planning was based upon assumptions of Soviet capabilities rather than hard intelligence."

Dylan, Huw. "Britain and the Missile Gap: British Estimates on the Soviet Ballistic Missile Threat, 1957-61." Intelligence and National Security 23, no. 6 (Dec. 2008): 777-806.

"American estimates inflated a practically non-existent ICBM threat; British intelligence misunderstood the nature of the I/MRBM threat, but its assessment did not inflate or belittle the overall Soviet threat facing the UK."

Goodman, Michael S. "Research Note: The Daniel Report on UK Atomic Intelligence, 1954." Intelligence and National Security 18, no. 3 (Autumn 2003): 154-167.

Discusses and supplies redacted text of the 1954 report of Admiral Sir Charles Daniel on the Directorate of Atomic Energy (Intelligence).

Navias, Martin. Independence and British Nuclear Targeting, 1955-58. Oxford: Clarendon, 1991.

Twigge, Stephen, and Len Scott. Planning Armageddon: Britain, the United States and the Command of Western Nuclear Forces 1945-1964. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, 2000.

O'Driscoll, I&NS 19.4 (Winter 2004), finds this work to be "a cornucopia of information.... The book is a testament to the painstaking research and detailed technical knowledge of the authors."

Wyn, Humphrey. RAF Nuclear Deterrent Forces. London: HMSO, 1994.

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