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dc.contributor.advisorYost, David
dc.contributor.authorMerritt, Emily S.
dc.dateJune 2014
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-13T20:17:51Z
dc.date.available2014-08-13T20:17:51Z
dc.date.issued2014-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/42685
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractBritain established in 1940 the first national nuclear weapons program in the world, and this gave Britain credibility in participating in the U.S.-led Manhattan Project during World War II. Despite the interruption in U.S.-U.K. nuclear cooperation in 1946-1958 owing to the McMahon Act, since 1958 the United States and the United Kingdom have worked closely in the nuclear domain. Indeed, since the 1962 Nassau Summit, the United States has sold submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and support systems to the United Kingdom. In 1980 and 1982, London chose to modernize its nuclear deterrent with Trident SLBMs. The British made a similar decision in 2006, and it may be reconfirmed in 2016 with legislation to construct a new fleet of Trident nuclear ballistic missile submarines. Britain has been motivated to remain a nuclear weapons state in order to protect its own national security interests and to contribute to the security of its NATO allies in an unpredictable international security environment.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleBritain’s nuclear deterrent force and the U.S.-U.K. special relationshipen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderMoran, Daniel
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorNuclearen_US
dc.subject.authordeterrenceen_US
dc.subject.authorU.S.en_US
dc.subject.authorU.K.en_US
dc.subject.authorsubmarinesen_US
dc.subject.authorPolarisen_US
dc.subject.authorTridenten_US
dc.subject.authorV-bomberen_US
dc.subject.authorBritainen_US
dc.subject.authorUnited Statesen_US
dc.subject.authorUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.subject.authorweaponsen_US
dc.subject.authorspecial relationshipen_US
dc.subject.authorCold Waren_US
dc.subject.authorSSNen_US
dc.subject.authorSSBNen_US
dc.subject.authorICBMen_US
dc.subject.authorSLBMen_US
dc.subject.authorIRBMen_US
dc.subject.authorballisticen_US
dc.subject.authorNATOen_US
dc.subject.authorNassau Agreementen_US
dc.subject.authorMcMahon Acten_US
dc.subject.authorEuropean Unionen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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