Deterrence Theory

Power to hurt is most successful when held in reserve

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Unformatted text preview: based on the power to hurt Dominates study of warfare in the atomic age About making someone afraid to hurt you About threats, not actions Underlying assumptions – what the enemy wants, fears, interests, vulnerabilities is what we are concerned with. Power to hurt is most successful when held in reserve. The threat of damage or more damage causes enemy not to attack Purpose to find a bargain 2 types: deterrence compellence Coercion includes both compellence and deterrence Compellent threats Threat intended to make an adversary do something, change their behavior. Either do something they are not already doing, or stop something they are doing D...
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