Will Scotland Sink the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent?

Author
William Walker, Malcolm Chalmers
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
36
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
Summer 2013
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
For over sixty years, the possession of nuclear weapons and practice of nuclear deterrence have been important to the United Kingdom's defense policy, self-image, and international standing. It was a partner in the Manhattan Project and had acquired its own weapons by the mid-1950s, its program thereafter assisted by cooperation agreements with the United States. Its nuclear capability has long been assigned to the NATO alliance, and it is one of the five nuclear weapon states recognized by the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Political Geography
United States, United Kingdom