Britain was the first country to come under sustained ballistic missile attack, during 1944-45. Defence against ballistic missiles has been a persistent, if highly variable, subject of political policy and technical investigation ever since. The British Second World War experience of trying to counter the V-2 attacks contained many elements of subsequent responses to ballistic missile threats. After the war, a reasonably accurate picture of Soviet missile capabilities was not achieved until the early 1960s, by which time the problem of early warning had largely been solved. From the mid-1960s on, British attention shifted away from the development of the country's own defences towards the wider consequences of US and Soviet deployments. After the end of the Cold War there was renewed interest in a limited active-defence capability against Third World missile threats.
This well-researched book is primarily aimed at students of post-war British foreign and defence policies, but will also be of interest to informed general readers.

chapter 1|7 pages


chapter 2|25 pages

The Wartime V-2 Experience

chapter 3|19 pages

The Emerging Soviet Threat

chapter 4|29 pages

Early Efforts at Active Defence

chapter 5|18 pages

Ballistic Missile Early Warning

chapter 6|16 pages

US ABM Deployment

chapter 7|30 pages

Soviet ABM Deployment

chapter 9|27 pages

After the Cold War

chapter 10|18 pages

Britain and US National Missile Defense

chapter 11|8 pages

Conclusions and Prospects

chapter |2 pages

Appendix I

chapter |5 pages

Appendix II

chapter 21|11 pages

9 Bibliography