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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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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.
Part 2: New Deterrence--(with Space) Multidomain Flexible Deterrence--focuses on the "M" part of DIME, positioning for military flexible deterrent options (FDO), the development of flexible response options (FRO), and the process for planning and executing FDO [right arrow] FRO transitions.
(15.) Air War College, "Flexible Deterrent Options in the Tailored Response Section of Contingency Planning," fig.
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