An Overview of Mutual Assured Destruction

Introduction Mutual assured destruction (MAD) is a doctrine of military strategy and national security policy which posits that a full-scale use of nuclear weapons by an attacker on a nuclear-armed defender with second-strike (see below) capabilities would cause the complete annihilation of both the attacker and the defender. It is based on the theory of… Read More


An Overview of Deterrence Theory

Introduction Deterrence theory refers to the scholarship and practice of how threats or limited force by one party can convince another party to refrain from initiating some other course of action. The topic gained increased prominence as a military strategy during the Cold War with regard to the use of nuclear weapons and is related… Read More