dual-capable forces

dual-capable forces

Forces capable of employing dual-capable weapons.
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All of this is not to suggest the United States should lower its threshold for nuclear employment; rather it is to rethink how to prepare for a conflict with an adversary that will include nuclear and dual-capable forces throughout the entirety of its own campaign planning and will seek to use its nuclear capabilities to intimidate and coerce US allies and partners well before the advent of a crisis or conflict.
This requires a coherent and cohesive strategy that encompasses US nuclear-capable forces, to include how the United States can posture, signal, and deploy these forces (whether in the continental US, abroad, or in transit between the two) in a manner that will lead a potential adversary to stand down or otherwise curtail its use of nuclear or dual-capable forces within a crisis or conflict in its own backyard.