Strategy and military technology

The three offsets

Authored by: Bud Baker

Defense Innovation Handbook

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138050679
eBook ISBN: 9781315168623
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The longstanding motto of the Strategic Air Command—“Peace is our Profession”—was often seen by critics as irony: “Yeah, war is just a hobby.” But for those who served in that organization during the Cold War, there was no contradiction at all: In a nuclear world, where the two major adversaries had tens of thousands of nuclear warheads aimed at each other, the term “victory” had little meaning: To fight would be to lose. Thus came the strategy of nuclear deterrence, a preventative approach mirroring the wisdom of Sun Tzu in the Art of War: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

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