nuclear deterrence

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Noun1.nuclear deterrence - the military doctrine that an enemy will be deterred from using nuclear weapons as long as he can be destroyed as a consequence; "when two nations both resort to nuclear deterrence the consequence could be mutual destruction"
deterrence - the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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htm) mutual assured destruction : Neither side could risk engaging in open war without risking its own ruin.
It has been realised for decades that any nuclear attack will inevitably induce rapid and catastrophic Mutual Assured Destruction - MAD.
He goes on further to say, "I plead for disarmament and for the prohibition and abolition of nuclear weapons: nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutual assured destruction are incapable of grounding such an ethics.
Wilson concludes, for example, that the Strategic Defense Initiative was a bid for safety from nuclear holocaust by a president who did not believe in the lasting deterrent effect of Mutual Assured Destruction but who also did not comprehend the degree of suspicion and fear his project created among Soviet leaders.
This is Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) planned into the next century.
Nuclear parity and fear of mutual assured destruction kept the two rivals in check and helped in preventing war.
TUESDAY, BBC2, 9PM NEW Strange Days - Cold War Britain Historian Dominic Sandbrook, left, takes us back to the post-WW2 days of spying, mutual assured destruction and paranoia.
For those of us who came of age during the Cold War, our sense of history is punctuated by terms like the Marshall Plan, Iron Curtain, the Truman Doctrine, Berlin Blockade, Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Wall, McCarthyism, fallout shelters, and Mutual Assured Destruction.
Mutual assured destruction no longer characterizes the "nuclear balance" that exists between the United States and other governments and nonstate actors.
Reagan started this process because he believed we could step away from the prospect of mutual assured destruction and a wasteful, dangerous arms race, and I think that belief has been vindicated.
This prompts me to probe the foundation of traditional deterrence theory, which evolved in the 1960s to the point of mutual assured destruction (MAD).
We are not interested in having a Cold War-like relationship with China, but nor do we want a relationship where we're competing in terms of nuclear weapons and missiles for strategic advantage,'' he said, suggesting that Washington would reject application of the theory of mutual assured destruction, or MAD, to future U.