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the general objective of reassurance, then some very useful
mutual constraints on force operations can be introduced with
reasonable assurance. Tactical warning can and should be made a
collaborative venture. If there were a desire to do so,
arrangements could be devised to give controlled access to
targeting plans without revealing their full details. If the normal
pattern of force operations is made transparent, then nefarious
alternatives that might be secreted away are forced to carry the
considerable burden of detachment. If military forces are precluded
from training for an operation, there is reasonable assurance that
they will not attempt to do it.
There are two simple conclusions that emerge from this
assessment. If the practice of deterrence is liberation from the
belligerent political attitudes that originally inspired it, then
it can be made a good deal safer than it has historically been. The
process of making this adjustment, moreover, is one of the things
that must be done in responding to the security imperatives of the
emerging era. The determining fact is that any identifiable actor
can be readily deterred. It is the impersonal processes and the
actors that cannot be identified that we most need to worry