The Resource Deterring or coercing opponents in crisis : lessons from the war with Saddam Hussein, Paul K. Davis, John Arquilla ; prepared for the Joint Staff

Deterring or coercing opponents in crisis : lessons from the war with Saddam Hussein, Paul K. Davis, John Arquilla ; prepared for the Joint Staff

Label
Deterring or coercing opponents in crisis : lessons from the war with Saddam Hussein
Title
Deterring or coercing opponents in crisis
Title remainder
lessons from the war with Saddam Hussein
Statement of responsibility
Paul K. Davis, John Arquilla ; prepared for the Joint Staff
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This study applies an experimental interdisciplinary methodology for understanding the possible reasoning of opponents in crisis and conflict and for using that understanding to develop well-hedged and adaptive deterrent strategies. It develops alternative models of Saddam Hussein's reasoning from February 1990 to February 1991, using only information available at that time. The report then explains Saddam's behavior retrospectively and argues that having developed and worked with the alternative models during the crisis could have materially improved the formulation of U.S. strategy. The authors use the models to analyze such speculations as whether Saddam could have been deterred, and to suggest more general conclusions about appropriate strategies of deterrence in future crises. They recommend major changes in the processes by which the United States prepares for contingencies in peacetime, and deliberates about strategy as a crisis develops, including (1) for each contingency studied, the intelligence community should be required to develop and report on alternative models of the opponent, treating at least two or three seriously and avoiding convergence on a "best estimate"; and (2) despite pressures to avoid overcommitment, the United States should in peacetime take measures to protect strategically important buffers rather than allow future aggressors to underestimate their significance
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DLC
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1943-
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Davis, Paul K.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • U162.6
  • AS36
LC item number
  • .D39 1991
  • .R35 v. 4111
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • National Defense Research Institute (U.S.)
  • United States
  • Rand Corporation
  • Arquilla, John
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Persian Gulf War
  • Deterrence (Strategy)
  • Persian Gulf War, 1991
  • Deterrence (Strategy)
Label
Deterring or coercing opponents in crisis : lessons from the war with Saddam Hussein, Paul K. Davis, John Arquilla ; prepared for the Joint Staff
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Publication
Note
  • "Prepared for the Joint Staff."
  • "National Defense Research Institute"--Cover
  • "Rand library collection"--Label on cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 97-100)
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xix, 100 pages
Isbn
9780833011923
Lccn
92140192
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24916211
  • (OCoLC)ocm24916211
Label
Deterring or coercing opponents in crisis : lessons from the war with Saddam Hussein, Paul K. Davis, John Arquilla ; prepared for the Joint Staff
Publication
Note
  • "Prepared for the Joint Staff."
  • "National Defense Research Institute"--Cover
  • "Rand library collection"--Label on cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 97-100)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xix, 100 pages
Isbn
9780833011923
Lccn
92140192
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24916211
  • (OCoLC)ocm24916211

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