Conventional Deterrence and Conventional Retaliation in Europe

  title={Conventional Deterrence and Conventional Retaliation in Europe},
  author={Samuel P. Huntington},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={32 - 56}
  • S. Huntington
  • Published 5 October 2011
  • Political Science
  • International Security
F o r a quarter century the slow but continuing trend in NATO strategy-and in thinking about NATO strategy-has been from emphasis on nuclear deterrence to emphasis on conventional deterrence. When it became clear that the famous Lisbon force goals of 1952, embodied in MC 14/1, had no hope of realization, NATO strategy appropriately stressed the deterrent role of nuclear weapons, in terms of both massive retaliation by U.S. strategic forces and the early use of tactical nuclear weapons in… 

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