Strategic Studies Quarterly, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
/ Published November 21, 2019
Are current US alliances likely to precipitate or prevent a great power conflict—particularly with China or Russia?
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Can the US tolerate manpower and platform attrition and maintain the capability and will to fight and win a great power conflict?
James Wood Forsyth Jr. and Ann Mezzell
China and Russia pose challenges to US interests, which is another way of saying that great power rivalry is back and with it competition, and perhaps even great power war.
Should the US adapt its missile defense policy and strategy and leverage new technology to increase the capability of missile defenses?
Are China and Russia leveraging ambiguity and US risk aversion to make the prospect of limited nuclear war more likely?
To ensure a favorable outcome of a great power space war, the US must analyze fundamentals of space warfare, rules for its conduct, escalation control, and criteria for space war termination. View appendices.
What gaps exist in the analytical debate on the proper US military strategy to deter China, and can these gaps be filled?
How will twenty-first-century information technologies shape the way China develops and uses IT before, during, and after a potential great power conflict.?
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