The Role of Clandestine Capabilities in Deterrence: Theory and Practice
Center on Contemporary Conflict
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Clandestine capabilities are an increasingly relevant part of nuclear strength, and will likely be a key determinant of deterrence success and strategic stability in future world politics. While the challenge of managing the balance between political benefit and the need to maintain the secrecy of these capabilities is not new, trends in technology are increasing the salience and importance of this issue across several different military domains. This project will investigate how states might use their clandestine capabilities for political benefit without permitting countermeasures to be implemented that would neutralize those capabilities. The project lead will then develop theoretical frameworks that can be used to analyze the impact of clandestine military capabilities on international politics.
Performer: Columbia University Project Lead: Austin Long Project Cost: $152,722 FY16–17
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