Analyzing alternative concepts for the defense of NATO

by Milton G. Weiner

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This paper considers three different concepts for the conventional defense of the NATO Central Region as a way of providing a perspective on the analysis of alternative defense concepts for NATO. The three defense concepts are fortified barrier, forward response, and distributed area defense. The author analyzed each of these concepts using a computer model called MASTER (Mass and Space/Time Evaluation Routine). His analysis identified military, political, and cost factors affecting the implementation and effectiveness of each of the three defense concepts.

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