This book, first published in 1988, represents a unique attempt to combine a discussion of an alternative British defence policy in terms of military strategy and new technology, with a consideration of how this policy might be secure in political terms. Written against a background of a possible future Labour government in the late 1980s with a radically different defence policy to the Conservative Government of the day, it considers questions such as: Would conventional deterrence really be effective? Just what is the Labour Party’s defence policy? How precisely might Britain be transformed into a non-aligned, non-militarist state?
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to the Crisis Gordon Burt 2. The Conventional Balance and Conventional Deterrence in Europe Andrew Kelly 3. New Conventional Technology and Alternative Defence: Help or Hindrance? Philip Gummett 4. The Evolution of Labour’s Defence and Security Policy Mike Gapes 5. A Non-Nuclear, Non-NATO Britain: Is There an Electoral Pathway? Patrick Dunleavy 6. A Strategic Conclusion Gordon Burt