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Britain and Ballistic Missile Defence, 1942-2002 : Strategy and History - Jeremy Stocker

Britain and Ballistic Missile Defence, 1942-2002

Strategy and History

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Britain was the first country to come under sustained ballistic missile attack, during 1944-45. Defence against ballistic missiles has been a persistent, if highly variable, subject of political policy and technical investigation ever since. The British Second World War experience of trying to counter the V-2 attacks contained many elements of subsequent responses to ballistic missile threats. After the war, a reasonably accurate picture of Soviet missile capabilities was not achieved until the early 1960s, by which time the problem of early warning had largely been solved. From the mid-1960s on, British attention shifted away from the development of the country's own defences towards the wider consequences of US and Soviet deployments. After the end of the Cold War there was renewed interest in a limited active-defence capability against Third World missile threats.
This well-researched book is primarily aimed at students of post-war British foreign and defence policies, but will also be of interest to informed general readers.

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Introduction
The Wartime V-2 Experience
The Emerging Soviet Threat
Early Efforts at Active Defence
Ballistic Missile Early Warning
American ABM Deployment
Soviet ABM Deployment
Britain and the Strategic Defense Initiative
After the Cold War
Britain and US National Missile Defense
Conclusions and Prospects
Air Staff Target OR/1135 Defence System Against Ballistic Rockets , February 1955
Cmnd. 946 Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station in the United Kingdom , February 1960
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780714685748
ISBN-10: 0714685747
Series: Strategy and History
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: July 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.48