The Evolution of Britain's Defense Posture, 1945-1979

33 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2018 Last revised: 4 Jun 2019

Date Written: March 1, 2019


This paper attempts to concisely detail the evolution of Britain's post-war defense posture. Dividing it into six phases between 1945 and 1979 its emphasis is on the trends with regard to defense spending as a share of GDP, the manning of the forces, their mission and deployment internationally, and to a lesser extent the force sizing and technological development of key capabilities (e.g. nuclear and naval).

Keywords: Post-War British History, British Defense Policy, Britain Defense Policy 1945-1979, Military History, 20th Century British History, 20th Century Military History

Suggested Citation

Elhefnawy, Nader, The Evolution of Britain's Defense Posture, 1945-1979 (March 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Nader Elhefnawy (Contact Author)

Miami-Dade Community College ( email )

11011 SW 104 Street
Room 6319-30
Miami, FL 33176-3393
United States

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