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Missile Defence for the UK?

After the SDSR 2015, the prospect of sovereign UK ballistic-missile defence has been raised. What are the requirements for such a capability? 

In the November 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), the government announced that the threat to the UK and its Overseas Territories from ballistic missiles, which has endured since the Second World War, has evolved – in particular, from threats outside the Euro-Atlantic area and from non-state actors. Elsewhere, the SDSR highlights Russia’s aggressive and unpredictable behaviour, its investment in tactical nuclear weapons, and threats to base nuclear forces in

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Michael Codner

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