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Cross-Domain DeterrenceStrategy in an Era of Complexity$
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Eric Gartzke and Jon R. Lindsay

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908645.001.0001

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Simplicity and Complexity in the Nth Nuclear Era

Simplicity and Complexity in the Nth Nuclear Era

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(p.66) 4 Simplicity and Complexity in the Nth Nuclear Era
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Cross-Domain Deterrence
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Ron Lehman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190908645.003.0004

Exploring cross-domain deterrence and nuclear deterrence in parallel can be useful. It can also be confusing. As we compare and contrast, we need to keep in mind several questions: What are the domains that matter? What organizations and strategies govern them? What capabilities does each bring to the deterrence calculus? How do they interact? And when and why would conflict in one domain be introduced into the other domains? Comparing, contrasting, and synthesizing these deterrence issues related to nuclear, conventional, unconventional, air and missile defense, electromagnetic, cyber, and space operations is an excellent exercise for promoting new thinking about deterrence in all its dimensions and coming to grips with the fundamental complexity of modern strategic affairs.

Keywords:   complexity, nuclear strategy, deterrence, military technology, escalation, cross-domain deterrence

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