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Encyclopedia > Minimal deterrence

Minimal deterrence involves the ability to respond to a nuclear attack with a minimal nuclear counterstrike. In contrast to mutual assured destruction, the counterstrike would not have the ability to destroy the attacker, but rather is intended to severely damage the attacker in order to deter an attack. It appears to be the nuclear posture that the People's Republic of China maintains toward the United States as well as the nuclear policy of India and Pakistan.


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Deterrence theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (401 words)
Deterrence theory is a defensive strategy developed after World War II and used throughout the Cold War.
Deterrence in the Cold War was related to George P. Kennan's ideology of Containment and President Ronald Regan's arms build-up in the 1980's.
The arms race during deterrence might escalate the risk of accidental deployment possibly leading to war.
Deterrence, Defence and Development (2115 words)
Deterrence, as rightly said, is "the exploitation of a threat without implementing it, or exploiting the existence of weapons without activating them".
What is a minimal nuclear deterrence, is a national issue, a function of the political and military judgment, related to adversary's capability.
Nuclear deterrence alone can not ensure security to Pakistan unless it is backed by an ideological propriety, aggressive diplomacy, and a viable conventional capability enjoying an optimum correlation of forces with India, and adjusted correctly to the required level of operational balance.
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