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When the weak attack the strong : failures of deterrence

Author: Barry Wolf; Rand Corporation.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA (1700 Main St., P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica 90407-2138) : Rand, 1991.
Series: Rand note, N-3261-A.
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One potential justification for a thin area missile defense is the increasing proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. However, it has been argued that states possessing such weapons would not attack much stronger states such as the United States and the Soviet Union. This Note examines historical instances of attacks by states against much stronger counterparts. A taxonomy of such  Read more...
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Wolf, Barry.
When the weak attack the strong.
Santa Monica, CA (1700 Main St., P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica 90407-2138) : Rand, 1991
(OCoLC)625036731
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Wolf; Rand Corporation.
OCLC Number: 24327640
Description: ix, 21 pages ; 28 cm.
Series Title: Rand note, N-3261-A.
Responsibility: Barry Wolf ; prepared for the United States Army.

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One potential justification for a thin area missile defense is the increasing proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. However, it has been argued that states possessing such weapons would not attack much stronger states such as the United States and the Soviet Union. This Note examines historical instances of attacks by states against much stronger counterparts. A taxonomy of such deterrence failures is formulated and illustrated with examples. Conclusions are drawn about the applicability of various types of deterrence failure to potential attacks by states possessing weapons of mass destruction against stronger states.

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