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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It is this Mutual Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) concept that prevented the United States and the Soviet Union from launching a full-fledged war against each other.
With the introduction of intercontinental ballistic missiles, especially those launched from submarines, which are harder to detect, the two major Cold War protagonists ironically realized that their vast arsenals of the most powerful weapons history has known had brought them to a stalemate, known as mutual assured destruction or deterrence, in which neither could use their nuclear weapons against the other without being destroyed themselves -- making their use an act of sheer irrationality.
Remember, it's not enough for the principle of mutual assured destruction to be generally true; it has to be always true.
Mutual assured destruction restricted the two rivals, India and Pakistan, to refrain from any military misadventure due to the fear of mutual annihilation.
Both countries understand the consequence of an escalated conflict will be a 'Mutual Assured Destruction'.
disinclination to accept the binds imposed by the "nuclear revolution." While analysts during the Cold War frequently viewed Mutual Assured Destruction as a stabilizing force, the U.S.
We will need to apply the principle of mutual assured destruction (MAD) or detente to have a balance of terror.
This arms race led to the concept of (http://www.nuclearfiles.org/menu/key-issues/nuclear-weapons/history/cold-war/strategy/strategy-mutual-assured-destruction.htm) mutual assured destruction : Neither side could risk engaging in open war without risking its own ruin.
Of course, Russian analysts know this, and a "mutual assured destruction" drags on, drawing all closer to the cliff.
It has been realised for decades that any nuclear attack will inevitably induce rapid and catastrophic Mutual Assured Destruction - MAD.
It is just one more step in the implementation of the immoral policy of "Mutual Assured Destruction," which Washington and Moscow adopted to deter each other from launching a nuclear attack.
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."

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