Deterring Without Dominance

Discouraging Chinese Adventurism Under Austerity

Published in: The Washington Quarterly, v. 38, no. 1, Spring 2015, p. 185-199

Posted on RAND.org on June 03, 2015

by Eric Heginbotham, Jacob L. Heim

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The challenges posed by a shifting global economic and military balance of power have prompted increased debate about U.S. grand strategy and military doctrine. A robust ability to counter Chinese power projection will require another portfolio of capabilities. The United States must be prepared to counter power projection in three domains: naval forces, air power, and landed forces. An active denial strategy would support U.S. peacetime diplomacy and a broad number of warfighting concepts. It is a flexible and broad approach that can offer many branch options for a U.S. president.

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