Strategy after Deterrence

Synopsis

Cimbala considers the ways in which American and NATO military priorities will have to change now that the tangible threat to Europe has been removed by the profound political changes in Eastern Europe and the USSR. Drawing upon a rich literature of Soviet and American defense strategy, he examines the structure and effectiveness of deterrence as a military strategy, explores the options available to America and NATO given the new political and economic realities in Europe and the Soviet Union, analyzes the relationship between conventional and nuclear weapons, and reviews both the likely course of future conflicts and alternatives to deterrence as a military strategy.

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