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Title: Thinking the unthinkable -- facing a nuclear, biological, chemical and the means to deliver (NBCM) adversary: An integrated planning consideration for the operational commander. Final report

Abstract

In today`s volatile political, economic, religious and cultural environment Nation-States aggressively pursue robust NBCM capabilities as economic and force equalizers for asymmetric warfare advantage. Two thoughts follow. First, the odds indicate the United States will face a NBCM capable and confident adversary in a future regional conflict. Second, although never publicly nor explicitly stated, the United States has indicated it may respond with nuclear weapons when confronted with NBCM in a conventional war. However accurate, this exchange invites a compelling question: are we prepared to confidently integrate such Presidential tasks into a conventional environment. This paper seeks to provide some considerations to this question. It is not about telling the Operational Commander (CINC) how to execute Presidential tasks; it is about pulling together diverse, unclassified, operational considerations as a reasonable foundation for integrating a nuclear response into conventional operations.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Naval War Coll., Newport, RI (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
405958
Report Number(s):
AD-A-311946/8/XAB
TRN: 63170192
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 20 May 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
35 ARMS CONTROL; 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; BIOLOGICAL WARFARE; RISK ASSESSMENT; CHEMICAL WARFARE; MILITARY STRATEGY; POLITICAL ASPECTS; RADIOLOGICAL WARFARE

Citation Formats

Wong, B S. Thinking the unthinkable -- facing a nuclear, biological, chemical and the means to deliver (NBCM) adversary: An integrated planning consideration for the operational commander. Final report. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Wong, B S. Thinking the unthinkable -- facing a nuclear, biological, chemical and the means to deliver (NBCM) adversary: An integrated planning consideration for the operational commander. Final report. United States.
Wong, B S. Mon . "Thinking the unthinkable -- facing a nuclear, biological, chemical and the means to deliver (NBCM) adversary: An integrated planning consideration for the operational commander. Final report". United States.
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