Flashcards in Balance of terror Deck (9):
What was limited war?
war fought with conventional weapons
limited in scale
restricted to a particular area/region
When did limited war first emerge?
What steps were taken in the Korean war to prevent the use of nukes?
Stalin did not intervene directly
The us restricted the combat zone to Korea
Truman refused to use nukes on China despite Macarthurs request to use them
When was the doctrine of Massive retaliation?
What was the doctrine of Massive retaliation?
emphasised retaliation by any means against threats to vital US interests
it was deliberately vague about what circumstances would lead to nuclear retaliation
Who introduced flexible response?
Presdient Kennedy and his defence secretary Robert Mcnamara
What was flexible response?
considered the possibility of a limited nuclear war
Mcnamara developed a second strike capability - the USA Could strike back if USSR Attacked them in nuclear war
What was counterforce and when was it introduced?
targeted USSR military installations instead of USSr cities as nuclear targets