Accession Number : ADA140138


Title :   The Royal Navy and British Security Policy.


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Oldham,J E


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA140138


Report Date : Dec 1983


Pagination or Media Count : 119


Abstract : This thesis examines the roles of the Royal Navy in British security policy. Since World War Two, Britain's role in the international system has changed and so has its security policy. Today Britain plays a part in the nuclear balance of power; is a major contributor to NATO and West European collective security; and has diminished but still significant interests beyond Europe. The Royal Navy contributes to each of these dimensions of Britain's defense policy. It operates Britain's strategic nuclear deterrent. Its conventional forces contribute to Britain's European commitment, though the Navy's role is currently considered less significant than that of the British Army and the RAF. Finally, the Royal Navy plans a role in protecting Britain's residual global interests such as the Falklands. The future of the Navy is ultimately dependent upon the constraints which limit defense resources. In the future the Royal Navy will continue to operate the strategic nuclear deterrent; will contribute to Britain's European role with diminished capability; and slowly but inevitably further reduce its commitments beyond Europe. (Author)


Descriptors :   *NAVY , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , UNITED KINGDOM , POLICIES , BALANCE OF POWER , DEFENSE PLANNING , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , DETERRENCE , INTERNATIONAL , NATO , SECURITY , THESES


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE