Planning Armageddon: Britain, the United States and the Command of Western Nuclear Forces, 1945–1964 (Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Volume 8)
Len Scott, Stephen Twigge
Planning Armageddon offers the 1st exact account of Britain's Command, regulate, Intelligence and Communications infrastructure. A imperative topic of the publication is the British-American atomic dating and its implications for NATO procedure. in response to the memories of officers and army officials in either Britain and the USA and utilising lately declassified govt files, Planning Armageddon offers a scientific research of British involvement in nuclear making plans from Hiroshima to the improvement of Polaris. while, it offers an incredible exam of the operational weaknesses of the British nuclear deterrent and the capability risks provided through unwarranted secrecy.
apprehensive to procure govt help for a undertaking whose destiny appeared in a few doubt.172 In Washington the British proposals have been greeted with little enthusiasm, being extensively perceived as a calculated try to hold up the complaints. If this was once certainly the aim the target used to be fulfilled. dialogue of the British proposals intended that ratification of the MLF treaty wouldn't be reached sooner than the top of the 12 months. to avoid the impasse, the nation division initiated deepest.
Key allied officials at form accept a sanitized model of the briefing paper. at the start, the united states Joint Chiefs of employees (JCS) refused. They later relented and allowed yes limited info to be published to chose allied group of workers on a need-to-know basis.90 Eisenhower additionally initiated discussions with SAC to figure out operational making plans and command authority in the NATO quarter. In December 1951, a collection of ideas was once validated to co-ordinate SAC operations in Europe with.
to categorise objectives in teams s that HM executive may give a level of delegation within the continuatio of nuclear operations. The equipment could then exist for placing the decisi n into impression fast and successfully. We foresee that static pursuits and goals o chance may be graded in response to the chance of escalation, and to the r sk of damage to civilians. Graduated objective lists in London and the Theatre Co mand may give the chance to preserve potent political keep an eye on with no the eed.
sixteen March 1955. 44. AIR 8/2313, Dispersal coverage, 28 November 1955. 45. Stephen Twigge, The Early improvement of Guided guns within the united kingdom 1940-1960 (Harwood educational Press, 1993), pp. 20-30. 46. AIR 8/2313, short for CAS, 12 April 1956. 47. AIR 8/2313, observe via VCAS, June 1956. 48. Ibid. 49. AIR 8/2313, RATO for the V-Force, 18 June 1956. 50. AIR 8/2313, The Dispersal and Operation of the Medium Bomber and Photographic Reconnaissance strength within the united kingdom, five July 1956.
on the preparations which are essential to let a normal alert to receive on the earliest attainable second; yet I confess that, notwithstanding, basic and good those preparations can be, will probably be tough to get governments to make the leap if and while the time comes.8 In July 1954, experiences have been submitted to NATO’s status workforce. the 1st was once SACEUR’s services research for 1957; the second one eager about the simplest deployment of NATO army energy over the following 3 years. On.