The U.K.’s general budget is in turmoil, which will affect the defense budget (see p. 43). This is causing defense planners to look at all costs and programs. One result is that the strategic nuclear deterrent is under scrutiny, which raises questions: Will the government in power after the general election this spring continue with plans to replace the four-boat Vanguard-class SSBN flotilla and the Trident D5 missile with a new system? Will the U.K. develop a new solution? Will the ...


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