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Containment and Deterrence

A United States policy during the Cold War
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David Ngeth

on 20 April 2011

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Transcript of Containment and Deterrence

Deterrence theory is a military strategy developed during the Cold War. It is especially relevant with regard to the use of nuclear weapons or weapon of mass destruction (WMD) Containment and Deterrence governments build up or maintains defense and intelligence systems with the purported aim of neutralizing or mitigating attacks. Both nations were prepared to fight a full scale nuclear and conventional war, but were not willing to risk the carnage of a full scale nuclear war Biological, Chemical, Nuclear, Radiological the most important factor was probably the rough parity achieved in stockpiling nuclear weapons with the clear capability of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD). Such as "Fat man" And "Peacekeeper missles" Psychology and deterrence A new form of criticism emerged in the late 1980s with detailed analyses of the actions of individual leaders and groups of leaders in crisis situations One was that deterrence theory assumed that both sides had common rational peaceful goals. In some real-life situations, such as the Yom Kippur War, leaders felt that internal or external political considerations forced a conflict. Another observation is that crisis situations can reach a point that formerly stabilizing actions (such as keeping military units at bases, and low alert levels) can be seen as a sign of weakness, Thus, an inversion point exists, after which some formerly stabilizing actions become destabilizing, and some formerly destabilizing actions become stabilizing. The End
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