Regional Deterrence

  • Michael J. Mazarr
  • Alexander T. Lennon


The two previous chapters dealt with the cold war obsession of U.S. nuclear planners—the (former) Soviet nuclear and conventional threat. In this chapter, our study turns its attention to the chief concern of post-cold war U.S. military strategy: regional contingencies. Regional challengers outside Europe pose a growing threat to the United States. Some have or may someday have nuclear weapons; others have substantial conventional forces; still others are developing ballistic and cruise missiles of steadily increasing range and accuracy. Several have nationalistic, ideological, or religious motives to undermine U.S. allies and interests.


Nuclear Weapon Military Force Mass Destruction Chemical Weapon Biological Weapon 
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  • Michael J. Mazarr
  • Alexander T. Lennon

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