VARIATION OF STRIKE INCENTIVES WITH DAMAGE PREFERENCES

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For START III level forces, strike allocations and magnitudes vary little with L, but first strike costs vary directly with L, which means that for K reflecting a preference for the survival of high value targets over their destruction and a preference for high value over military targets, the costs of action are far greater than those of inaction for a wide range of values of damage preference L. Thus, if both sides have much greater preferences for the survival of their high value targets than for military targets or destruction, they do not see a net incentive to strike, ... continued below

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Canavan, G. August 1, 2001.

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For START III level forces, strike allocations and magnitudes vary little with L, but first strike costs vary directly with L, which means that for K reflecting a preference for the survival of high value targets over their destruction and a preference for high value over military targets, the costs of action are far greater than those of inaction for a wide range of values of damage preference L. Thus, if both sides have much greater preferences for the survival of their high value targets than for military targets or destruction, they do not see a net incentive to strike, and crises are terminated by inaction. Recent decades suggest strong preferences for the survival of high value and that this has contributed to the lack of direct conflict during that period.

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  • Report No.: LA-UR-01-4597
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/784480 | External Link
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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc719738

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Canavan, G. VARIATION OF STRIKE INCENTIVES WITH DAMAGE PREFERENCES, report, August 1, 2001; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc719738/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.