Deterrence Without Escalation:A Case for the Arctic in 2040
Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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Nuclear and conventional deterrence will remain foundational to national security. However, we do not have the capability to preempt or prevent a major regional power from using unrestricted or hybrid warfare methods to increase their influence or prestige without unwanted escalation. Decision makers should be provided an option to deny an adversarys military capabilities to end a crisis while limiting undesired hostilities. Edward Luttwak refers to this as active deterrence and it could allow the US military to project power, avoid escalation, and facilitate conflict resolution.