Stability of regional configurations

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At moderate force levels the first strike stability index is proportional to the first strike cost, so as the attacker minimizes attack costs, he automatically minimizes stability. Weapons grow rapidly and saturate to levels comparable to the number of value targets held at risk. This growth could appear destabilizing to dominant regional powers, whose response could in turn appear threatening to the major nuclear powers, which could slow or halt efforts towards deep reductions. The fundamental way to alter these pressures appears to be through reducing the likelihood of regional crises by removing these fundamental antagonisms.

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Canavan, G. H. August 13, 1998.

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At moderate force levels the first strike stability index is proportional to the first strike cost, so as the attacker minimizes attack costs, he automatically minimizes stability. Weapons grow rapidly and saturate to levels comparable to the number of value targets held at risk. This growth could appear destabilizing to dominant regional powers, whose response could in turn appear threatening to the major nuclear powers, which could slow or halt efforts towards deep reductions. The fundamental way to alter these pressures appears to be through reducing the likelihood of regional crises by removing these fundamental antagonisms.

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[30] p.

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  • 23. session of the international seminars on planetary emergencies, Erice (Italy), 19-25 Aug 1998

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  • Report No.: LA-UR--98-3593
  • Report No.: CONF-980885--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 334340
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc683354

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Canavan, G. H. Stability of regional configurations, article, August 13, 1998; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc683354/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.