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• Incorporating post-Cold War deterrence explicitly into
Naval War College curricula, to gain the benefit of the students'
thinking and theses on the subject and to heighten students'
awareness of the special problems associated with deterrence to
help them in their future assignments. This step must include
conveying a sense of judgment regarding the circumstances that
affect the national will to undertake deterrent actions that may
entail significant human, economic, and political costs. It also
includes cultivation of the political skills that will be needed by
naval forces' commanders in the complex deterrence situations they
may face. Assignments such as National War College studies, where
such matters are considered on a joint Service basis, should be
The kinds of preparation inherent in the uses and enhancement of
decision aids that are described above should strongly reinforce
the ability of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to contribute to U.S.
deterrence policy and strategy. Just as the evolution of Cold War
deterrence strategy took place as events unfolded and analysts and
policy makers both anticipated and reviewed them over a long period
of years, so also will the appropriate application of available
decision aids contribute to the development of deterrence policy
and strategy in the current post-Cold War period.