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Britain and the BombNuclear Diplomacy, 1964-1970$
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David James Gill

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786584

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786584.001.0001

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Constructing the Atlantic Nuclear Force

Constructing the Atlantic Nuclear Force

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(p.76) 3 Constructing the Atlantic Nuclear Force
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Britain and the Bomb
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David James Gill

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804786584.003.0004

This chapter considers the development of nuclear sharing proposals between 1964 and 1967. Wilson oversaw the creation of the Atlantic Nuclear Force (ANF) as a more palatable replacement to the widely unpopular Multilateral Force (MLF). Although its principal objective was to address the MLF problem, the ANF became a serious proposal that sought to improve broader international nuclear relations and facilitate measures of non-proliferation. Much of the government initially perceived the ANF as an effective method with which to secure future military and economic concessions from NATO and the United States. Moreover, from a domestic and party perspective, the ANF served as a valuable instrument for Wilson to justify the preservation of the British nuclear weapons programme without harming party unity or undermining his slim parliamentary majority. Nevertheless, the ANF was only ever a more acceptable version of a still widely unpopular idea.

Keywords:   Atlantic Nuclear Force, Multilateral Nuclear Force, United States, Federal Republic of Germany, Non-Proliferation Treaty

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