Clausewitz and Counterproliferation: Defeating, Deterring and Disarming Rogues Possessing Weapons of Mass Destruction
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
William Van Cleave
The contemporary strategic situation is characterized by a revolution in military affairs in the U.S. military, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to rogue states, which try to overthrow the status quo and threaten U.S. vital interests. Counterproliferation, understood herein as the non-cooperative reduction with military means of the threat from weapons of mass destruction, will therefore become more important in the future for U.S. policymakers. There are several ways of denying rogue states advantages from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. These include the ability of U.S. troops to fight and win with limited casualties against enemies using weapons of mass destruction and to defend the U.S. homeland, the deterrence of their use both in war and peace, and the preventive destruction of production facilities. To implement these strategies, the U.S. military needs new technical capabilities related to protection, counterforce capabilities, and nuclear retaliation. Nevertheless there remain distinct technical, operational, legal and political limits to each of these strategies.
Defense and Security Studies
© Stephan C Fruehling
Fruehling, Stephan C., "Clausewitz and Counterproliferation: Defeating, Deterring and Disarming Rogues Possessing Weapons of Mass Destruction" (2003). MSU Graduate Theses. 708.