By Gwyn Harries-Jenkins
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It stressed that the UK was the only European member of NATO with contributions to all areas of the Alliance (both geographically and in terms of nuclear and conventional forces), as well as worldwide commitments: this was claimed to impose upon Britain an unfair burden in comparison with other NATO countries. Whilst future emphasis was to be placed on NATO, it was proposed to reduce some of Britain's European commitments as well as many of those outside of NATO. General purpose forces were to be used to meet uncertainty, but it was announced that the UK Labour government would not introduce a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons.
E) £ 6500 m. 9 (± 12) (i) The trends through peaks method was a linear projection based on peak expenditures in 1953, 1967 and 1976. e. coinciding with the AVF; (ii) The costs of maintaining the 1978 force level are based on a linear extrapolation of expenditure per serviceman, 1963-78; (iii) Force levels for 1990 are based on estimated expenditure per serviceman, calculated by a linear extrapolation for 1963-78; (iv) All expenditure figures were converted from 1970 prices to 1979 prices (1979 = 309).
3). Much will depend upon the state of the UK economy in 1985-90, the political composition of the government, the rate of technical progress in weapons, the position of NATO and the state of world tension. Nevertheless, future British defence policy will be subject to both budgetary and demographic constraints. The worry is that these constraints will result in a 'muddling through', adopting a combination of the options outlined above, rather than a radical re-appraisal of the size of defence budgets and the efficiency of their allocation between manpower and weapons and between each of the services.
Armed Forces and the Welfare Societies: Challenges in the 1980s: Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and the United States by Gwyn Harries-Jenkins