Accession Number : AD0785408

Title :   Modeling Soviet Behavior and Deterrence: A Procedure for Evaluating Military Forces,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Jones,William M.

Report Date : JUN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 140

Abstract : The study is applied to the issue of deterring Soviet military attacks--that is, Soviet decisions to initiate or escalate armed conflict. The procedure involves the application of prespecified assumptions about Soviet reactions to confrontation and conflict situations and to the military combat options they might consider in such situations. This permits the comparative evaluation of alternative U.S. and allied future military force postures across a wide range of conceivable situations in which U.S. and allied military forces confront Soviet forces and may thereby influence their behavior.

Descriptors :   *DETERRENCE, *USSR, NATIONAL DEFENSE, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, CONFLICT, CONFRONTATION, FOREIGN POLICY, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), DECISION MAKING, MILITARY STRATEGY

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE