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A collection of articles and commentaries on the principles of deterrence — whether they exist, what they are, and how they might be applied. The contributions, intended for publication in the Air University Review, are written by military officers — a departure from the tradition that discussions of deterrence are the province of civilian theorists. Topics discussed under principles of deterrence include preparedness, nonprovocation, credibility, clarity of intent, publicity, controllability, flexibility, negotiation, unity and economy of effort, and independence. The military approach is that deterrence is a concept that must be expressed in physical realities of action and force structures.

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