Accession Number : ADA307518

Title :   Rejecting Self-Deterrence in the Post-Cold War Environment: Assuming a Leadership Role to Influence the Future.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Drennen, Christopher J.

PDF Url : ADA307518

Report Date : 12 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : The United States has become self-deterred in its international actions since the end of the Cold War. Without a clear 'vital' threat, the United States has become reticent to use, or threaten to use, military forces to support its national priorities. Without an active United States leadership role, and with no other country willing to assume the role, the effectiveness of collective or coalition security arrangements has diminished. In the long term, continued United States self-deterrence will encourage the proliferation of arms and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The United States needs to assume an aggressive long term national security strategy to guide the course of international development. Analyzing deterrence theory and identifying reasons why deterrence fails provide insight as to how the United States can best influence the regional threats caused by ethnic tensions or the ambitions of rogue state leaders. Active engagement now will help prevent the proliferation of WMD.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *LEADERSHIP, *WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), *COLLECTIVE PROTECTION, UNITED STATES, NATIONAL SECURITY, ENVIRONMENTS, THREATS, THEORY, THESES, MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, ETHNIC GROUPS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, DETERRENCE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE