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Britain, Germany, and Western Nuclear Strategy$
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Christoph Bluth

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198280040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198280040.001.0001

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The Modernization of Theatre Nuclear Forces

The Modernization of Theatre Nuclear Forces

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Britain, Germany, and Western Nuclear Strategy


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This chapter discusses the development of the Theatre Nuclear Forces (TNF). In the early years of TNF, their efforts to formulate political guidelines were unsuccessful. Developments in American strategic thinking and weapons development created the NATO's TNF whose objective was its modernization. One of the modernizations was the deployment of SS-20 missiles. However, the modernization of TNF generated political initiative from the European side, which led to the modernization also of Long Range Theatre Nuclear Forces (LRTNF). The Anglo–German co-operation presented in this chapter led to the establishment of consultation procedures in the Alliance. It constituted a solid and direct participation in the strategic planning process. Generally, the main achievement of NATO on defence planning during the 1970s consisted of the progress of the modernization programmes that guarantees giving permission of the rationalization of TNF deployment and the operationalization of NATO guidelines on theatre nuclear forces.

Keywords:   Theatre Nuclear Forces, weapons development, NATO, modernization, political initiative, Anglo–German co-operation, Long Range Theatre Nuclear Forces

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