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A political-military game of protracted conventional war in Europe

Author: John K Setear; Rand Corporation.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand, [1990]
Series: Rand note, N-2910-NA.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1987, a group of RAND researchers played a political-military game of protracted conventional war between the NATO and Warsaw Pact countries to take place in 1993. This Note discusses such issues as the prospect that strategic nuclear weapons would signal the strength of the U.S. commitment to NATO and re-establish extended deterrence despite obvious risks of escalation; whether ending a NATO-Warsaw Pact conflict  Read more...
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Setear, John K.
Political-military game of protracted conventional war in Europe.
Santa Monica, CA : Rand, [1990]
(OCoLC)621890843
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John K Setear; Rand Corporation.
OCLC Number: 22398745
Notes: "June 1990."
"Rand library collection"--Label on cover.
"Prepared for the Director of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense."
Description: xi, 15 pages : maps ; 28 cm.
Series Title: Rand note, N-2910-NA.
Responsibility: John K. Setear.

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In 1987, a group of RAND researchers played a political-military game of protracted conventional war between the NATO and Warsaw Pact countries to take place in 1993. This Note discusses such issues as the prospect that strategic nuclear weapons would signal the strength of the U.S. commitment to NATO and re-establish extended deterrence despite obvious risks of escalation; whether ending a NATO-Warsaw Pact conflict would be difficult to achieve, particularly if either side occupies some part of the Federal Republic of Germany; whether attacking ballistic missile submarines would have any impact on the escalation level of the conflict; and whether waging protracted war in Central Europe is possible under some assumptions. While the results obtained here were clearly a reflection of the particular players and scenarios used, both teams were relatively cautious and conservative in exercising their options, and achieved insights that will be useful to those who conduct political-military games.

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