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Never ready: NATO, Britain and flexible response

White, K. (2021) Never ready: NATO, Britain and flexible response. Helion and Company. (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

In 1967 MC14/3 was adopted as the overall strategic concept by NATO. It relied on an escalatory deterrence, from conventional through tactical nuclear strikes to strategic nuclear attack. MC 14/3 was commonly known as Flexible Response and replaced the trip-wire response adopted by NATO in MC 14/2 in 1957. The declared principal of the strategic concept was to reduce the chance of mistakenly starting a nuclear war, meeting force with like force, and raising the nuclear threshold in the event of actual war. By using newly available documents from the National Archives in London, this research will show that far from being a flexible strategy, in the event of a war it was doomed to failure. The concept was compromised by the failure of the Alliance members to provide one of the main legs of the conventional deterrent – sustainability.

Item Type:Book
Refereed:No
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:84685
Publisher:Helion and Company

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