The ‘No War Rule’
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Held to be a crowning example of budget-driven, civilian mis-management of military affairs, and an illustration of the perils of failing to consult professional defence planners in matters of national security, the no-war rule of 1919–1933 has clearly made a deep impression on strategic thinking in Britain. But what is most interesting about the above comment is not that it was made in mid-1990, but that it could also have been uttered in, and of, the late 1940s. During post-war discussion of strategy and resources a variation of the rule was developed which, like its predecessor, still crops up in contemporary defence policy debate in Britain.
KeywordsAtomic Weapon Atomic Bomb Defence Policy Strategic Thinking Defence Budget
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