Accession Number : ADA263956

Title :   Operational Nuclear Deterrence.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Bedey, David F.

Report Date : 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : During the Cold War the superpower rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union produced nuclear strategy based upon a now familiar concept, strategic nuclear deterrence. As we adjust to a remarkably different global security environment, one characteristic of which is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, a natural question arises: can deterrence play a part in nuclear strategies focused on regional foes possessing small nuclear arsenals? This paper examines the viability of 'operational' nuclear deterrence employed in the resolution of regional conflicts. The object of operational nuclear deterrence is to persuade an adversary not to use nuclear weapons. To be effective, a deterrent strategy must be credible; the enemy must perceive that we possess the means, will, and commitment to severely retaliate.... Nuclear deterrence, Regional conflict, Strategic deterrence, Operational deterrence.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WEAPONS, *DETERRENCE, COLD WAR, CONFLICT, DESTRUCTION, DETERRENCE, ENEMY, ENVIRONMENTS, GLOBAL, MASS, RECREATION, RESOLUTION, SECURITY, USSR, UNITED STATES, VIABILITY, MILITARY STRATEGY, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Nuclear Warfare
      Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE