§ 35. Miss Widdecombe
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training is given at staff college level on the components of an effective deterrent strategy.
§ Mr. Neubert
The concept of deterrence pervades all Service officers' staff training. The staff colleges' syllabi require students to be conversant with the current threat, the principles of nuclear and conventional deterrence and the defence strategies and military capabilities of NATO and the United Kingdom. Possible alternative strategies, the effects of arms control and the influence of political will are also studied.