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Encyclopedia > Countervalue

Countervalue refers to the military strategy of targeting one's forces on what the enemy values most, such as infrastructure and civilians. Military strategem in the Battle of Waterloo. ...


This is the opposite of counterforce, which is the targeting of the opponent's military forces. Counterforce refers to the military strategy of targeting ones forces on the forces of the enemy. ...


Theory

In nuclear warfare, enemy targets are divided into two types; counterforce targeting and countervalue targeting. Countervalue targeting is an example of second strike theory, in that if an aggressor decides to undertake an attack the defender's nuclear arsenals are poised to retaliate. The Titan II ICBM carried a 9 Mt W53 warhead, making it one of the most powerful nuclear weapons fielded by the United States during the Cold War. ... Counterforce refers to the military strategy of targeting ones forces on the forces of the enemy. ... In nuclear strategy, second strike capability is a countrys assured ability to respond to a nuclear attack with powerful nuclear retalliation against the attacker. ...


Counterforce targeting upholds nuclear deterrence, in that both sides are more likely to believe in a no first use policy taken up by the other side. A first strike attack is not possible if arsenals are countervalue targeted, strengthening nuclear deterrence. Mutual assured destruction (MAD) is the doctrine of military strategy in which a full scale use of nuclear weapons by one of two opposing sides would result in the destruction of both the attacker and the defender. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In nuclear strategy, first strike capability is a countrys ability to defeat another nuclear power by destroying its arsenal to the point where the attacking country can survive the weakened retaliation. ... Mutual assured destruction (MAD) is the doctrine of military strategy in which a full scale use of nuclear weapons by one of two opposing sides would result in the destruction of both the attacker and the defender. ...


See also

In nuclear strategy, first strike capability is a countrys ability to defeat another nuclear power by destroying its arsenal to the point where the attacking country can survive the weakened retaliation. ... In nuclear strategy, second strike capability is a countrys assured ability to respond to a nuclear attack with powerful nuclear retalliation against the attacker. ... Counterforce refers to the military strategy of targeting ones forces on the forces of the enemy. ... Mutually assured destruction (MAD) is the doctrine of military strategy in which a full scale use of nuclear weapons by one of two opposing sides would result in the destruction of both the attacker and the defender. ...

References

  • GlobalSecurity.org: Strategic Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence

 
 

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