Accession Number ADA582221
Title Paradox of Power: Sino-American Strategic Restraint in an Age of Vulnerability.
Publication Date 2011
Media Count 227p
Personal Author D. C. Gompert P. C. Saunders
Abstract The second half of the 20th century featured a strategic competition between the United States and the Soviet Union. That competition avoided World War III in part because decades of arms control negotiations created a mutual understanding that allowed U.S.-Soviet competition to proceed without armed conflict. The first half of the 21st century will be dominated by the relationship between the United States and China. That relationship is likely to contain elements of both cooperation and competition. Territorial disputes such as those over Taiwan and the South China Sea will be an important feature of this competition, but both are traditional disputes, and traditional solutions suggest themselves. A more difficult set of issues relates to U.S.- Chinese competition and cooperation in three domains in which real strategic harm can be inflicted in the current era: nuclear, space, and cyber. Just as a clearer understanding of the fundamental principles of nuclear deterrence maintained adequate stability during the Cold War, a clearer understanding of the characteristics of these three domains can provide the underpinnings of strategic stability between the United States and China in the decades ahead. That is what this book is about. David Gompert and Phillip Saunders assess the prospect of U.S.-Chinese competition in these domains and develop three related analytic findings upon which their recommendations are built. The first is that in each domain, the offense is dominant. The second is that each side will be highly vulnerable to a strike from the other side. And the third is that the retaliating side will still be able to do unacceptable damage to the initiating party. Therefore, the authors make an important recommendation: that the United States propose a comprehensive approach based on mutual restraint whereby it and China can mitigate their growing strategic vulnerabilities.
Keywords Attack
China
Competition
Conflict
Cooperation
Cyber attack
Cyber deterrence
Cybersecurity
Cyberspace domain
Cyberwarfare
Deterrence
International relations
Military capabilities
Military modernization
Mutual deterrence
Mutual restraint
Mutual strategic restraint
Mutual suspicion
Nuclear domain
Nuclear warfare
Offensive capabilities
Space domain
Space warfare
Stability
Strategic power
Strategic vulnerability
United states government
Vulnerability


 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author National Defense Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for National Strategic Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1326
Contract Number N/A

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