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Pages: 44. Chapters: Mutual assured destruction, Nuclear
utilization target selection, Nuclear strategy, First strike,
Minimal deterrence, Nuclear blackmail, No first use, Fail-deadly,
Escalation, Single Integrated Operational Plan, Deterrence theory,
Dead Hand, Nuclear triad, Counterforce, Massive retaliation, Launch
on warning, Nuclear peace, Brinkmanship, Doctrine for Joint Nuclear
Operations, Madman theory, Decapitation strike, Countervalue,
Essentials of Post-Cold War Deterrence, Second strike, Balance of
terror, Limited first strike, Operation Dropshot, Minimum Credible
Deterrence, Nuclear deterrent, Cost-exchange ratio, Plan Totality.
Excerpt: In nuclear strategy, a first strike is a preemptive
surprise attack employing overwhelming force. First strike
capability is a country's ability to defeat another nuclear power
by destroying its arsenal to the point where the attacking country
can survive the weakened retaliation while the opposing side is
left unable to continue war. The preferred methodology is to attack
the opponent's launch facilities and storage depots first. The
strategy is called counterforce. During the Cold War period, both
superpowers, NATO and the Soviet Bloc, built massive nuclear
arsenals, aimed, to a large extent, at each other. However, they
were never used, as after a time, leaders on both sides of the Iron
Curtain realized that global thermonuclear war would not be in
either power's interest, as it would probably lead to the
destruction of both sides, and possibly nuclear winter or other
extinction level events. Therefore, at times, both sides refrained
from deploying systems capable of unanswerable nuclear strikes
against either side. However, in both nations, there were interests
that benefited from the development and maintenance of first-strike
weapons systems-what U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower terme...
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