American defense analysts have recently displayed new interest in a strategic option that invokes a potential for conducting nonnuclear, limited-objective operations in areas remote from the central theaters currently of greatest concern to the United States--Europe and Southwest Asia. This study addresses the proposition that the United States should be prepared both to counter and, if advisable, to exploit a strategy that involves military actions in areas of the world apart from the central theater of a war or major power confrontation. The main issue is to what extent and under what conditions an investment in such military actions constitutes a useful strategy. Having the capability is a useful deterrent; deciding how or when to use it hinges not on the attractiveness of the concept but on the calculated feasibility of bringing off a successful operation without evoking highly undesirable side effects.
Perry, Robert L., Mark A. Lorell, and Kevin N. Lewis, Second-Area Operations: A Strategy Option. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1984. https://www.rand.org/pubs/reports/R2992.html. Also available in print form.
Perry, Robert L., Mark A. Lorell, and Kevin N. Lewis, Second-Area Operations: A Strategy Option, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, R-2992-USDP, 1984. As of September 08, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/reports/R2992.html