Operationalizing Dissuasion of China: Practicalities and Pitfalls   [open pdf - 240KB]

"The 2005 QDR [Quadrennial Defense Review] brings with it questions about how to operationalize dissuasion in U.S. military planning. Doing so requires coming to terms with continued confusion about the means and ends of dissuasion. Especially important will be balancing the desire to discourage military competition by China with the desire to encourage strategic partnership. Operationalizing dissuasion can be done in a variety of ways, with at least four different organizing principles: (1) aggressively impose costs and reduce benefits, (2) prepare for the second move advantage, (3) mix competition at the conventional level with restraint at the strategic level, and (4) bet on transformation. Each has potential benefits, costs, and risks. But none can succeed without an effective strategic communication campaign that effectively integrates the interagency process in support of a consistent set of U.S. 'messages' to Beijing." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

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Advanced Systems and Concepts Office Report No. ASCO 2005 059
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