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The Radford bombshell: Anglo-Australian-US relations, nuclear weapons and the defence of South East Asia, 1954-57

Jones, Matthew (2004) The Radford bombshell: Anglo-Australian-US relations, nuclear weapons and the defence of South East Asia, 1954-57. Journal of Strategic Studies, 27 (4). pp. 636-662. ISSN 0140-2390

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1362369042000314547

Abstract

This article looks at the emergence of nuclear planning assumptions within the South East Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) during the mid-1950s. It does so by examining US strategic concepts for the defence of the treaty area, and the ways these produced major problems for the Australian Government as it switched the emphasis in its defence policy toward a permanent commitment of forces to the South East Asian mainland. At the same time, Britain was struggling to reconcile its membership of SEATO with the need to effect economies in defence spending that would not alarm their Australian Commonwealth partners. As dissatisfaction within SEATO grew, both the US and Britain moved toward a more overt acceptance of nuclear planning assumptions that would reassure their allies without producing a greater call on their resources.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/fjss20
Additional Information: © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International History
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2014 14:17
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 00:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55787

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