limited war


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limited war

n.
A war whose objective is of smaller scope than total defeat of the enemy.

limited war

n
(Military) a war in which the belligerents do not seek the total destruction of the enemy, esp one in which nuclear weapons are deliberately not used

lim′ited war′


n.
a war conducted with deliberately restricted aims and resources by at least one of the belligerents.
[1935–40]

limited war

- A war whose objective is of smaller scope than total defeat of the enemy.
See also related terms for objective.

limited war

Armed conflict short of general war, exclusive of incidents, involving the overt engagement of the military forces of two or more nations.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limited war - a war whose objective is less than the unconditional defeat of the enemy
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
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In 2016, the Indian chief of army staff let the cat out of the bag by accrediting CSD a politically unauthorised doctrine of a limited war under the umbrella of nuclear weapons.
After the nuclearization of India and Pakistan , New Delhi started discussions on a limited war under the nuclear umbrella, but it was Islamabad that tested it in Kargil.
The third lesson is that we cannot fight a war of movement or limited war.
He said the Indian had started a limited war against people of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan on LOC which posses serious dangers to the peace and security of the region which must be taken in account by the world community.
As a result of the Indian crafting the Cold Start Doctrine (based on offensive orientation thereby maximizing the probability of a limited war to achieve limited objectives in short time, thus denying Pakistan the opportunity to climb the escalation ladder), Pakistan crafted a re-balancing strategy to address Indian aggression, brinkmanship or punitive actions.
When conflict has broken out, the nuclear deterrent has limited war aims to those short of total destruction of adversary nations or regime change.
The answers lie in understanding the actual utility of force--the amount and scale of force necessary to achieve desired political control--and in understanding the lingering problems of America's use of force in an era dominated by limited war.
He said the deterrence stability in South Asia was confronted by multiple and grievous challenges, ranging from new limited war fighting concepts in the shape of Cold Start Doctrine to destabilizing technology like ballistic missile defense system, nuclearisation of Indian Ocean and massive increase in India's conventional defense spending over $80 billion against Pakistan's little over $6bn.
This paper studies the deterrence theory, nuclear terrorism, the prospects of Limited War vis-a-vis repercussions for South Asia and gives recommendations how deterrence be stabilized and peace preserved in South Asia
Though the possibility of an all out war has receded with nuclearization of India and Pakistan, there is still the possibility of a spectrum of conflict that may range from prolonged coercion period / low intensity conflict to a short intense limited war with both sides trying to remain below the nuclear threshold.
Kaplan shows SAC unable to respond conceptually to challenges raised by civilian theorists (Bernard Brodie, Herman Kahn, Henry Kissinger, and others), the Navy's finite deterrence embodied in the Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missile, and the Army's ideas of limited war voiced by Maxwell Taylor.
Both the nations have fought four wars since their independence from Britain in August 1947, including a limited war on the heights of Kargil in Kashmir.

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