What Does It Mean to Win in the Cold War--The Maximization Approach
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The lack of total victory in the Korean War focused attention on a dilemma associated with the cold war which still exists today. The quandary concerns the development of an answer to the question, What does it mean to win in the Cold War Many approaches are possible in pursuit of an acceptable theory of win. This thesis develops one of these--the Maximization Approach. The maximization theory visualizes achieving from each conflict situation the maximum possible gain that is consistent with the existing constraints. The long-range objectives derived from the national purpose are used as guideposts for steering the course, and the nations vital interest is identified as the major measurement device for determining the value of gains or losses incurred. The thesis concludes that the advantages of adopting a feasible, realistic, and flexible method of pursuing a course of action in the cold war which brings the nation closer to the realization of its long-range objectives outweigh the difficulties involved. It also concludes that the Maximization Approach incorporates a philosophy of win which is an appropriate substitute for the total victory concept of yesteryear.
- Government and Political Science