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dc.contributor.authorArquilla, John
dc.contributor.authorFredricksen, Hal
dc.dateFall 1995
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-23T16:50:53Z
dc.date.available2014-01-23T16:50:53Z
dc.date.issued1995
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/38438
dc.description.abstractGraph theory provides a useful framework for generating insights into problems of sufficiency and optimality across a wide variety of physical relationships. Applied to the realm of grand strategy, this approach assists in developing a methodology for estimating the minimum level of forces required and determining the optimal deployments for the successful pursuit of national security goals. In theory, the adoption of a defense-in-depth maneuver strategy provides the most efficient use of scarce resources. However, deterrence stability attenuates due to the absence of robust local balances of forces. Comparative case analyses of the Roman and British empires confirm the efficiency of depth defense, as well as the weakening of deterrence. Implications for U.S. policy are that, despite sizeable reductions, two regional wars can be fought and won, nearly simultaneously, even below base force levels. However, the deployments required to effect this grand strategy may make challenges to conventional deterrence more likely. Finally, it is demonstrated that small increases in forces above minimum requirements create a valuable "margin of safety" and may significantly improve crisis and deterrence stability...en_US
dc.publisherMilitary Operations Researchen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.title"Graphing" an Optimal Grand Strategyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.contributor.departmentMathematics


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