flexible deterrent option

flexible deterrent option

A planning construct intended to facilitate early decision by laying out a wide range of interrelated response paths that begin with deterrent-oriented options carefully tailored to send the right signal. The flexible deterrent option is the means by which the various deterrent options available to a commander (such as economic, diplomatic, political, and military measures) are implemented into the planning process. Also called FDO. See also deterrent options.
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When we stopped nuclear weapons testing in respect of the unratified Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, we retained the ability to conduct a test for two basic purposes: to fix a problem with a nuclear weapon, or to detonate a nuclear weapon at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) as a flexible deterrent option (1) (FDO) to show resolve.
By detonating a nuclear weapon at the Nevada Test Site as a flexible deterrent option, the United States could send the clear, strong message that:
troops, he should have a flexible deterrent option to demonstrate American resolve with a very quick detonation at the Nevada Test Site.
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