Defense: Accent the Conventional

For a dozen years U.S. military strategy has been based on the doctrine that nuclear strike power is the chief deterrent to Soviet adventures into war in Europe and elsewhere. But practice has been far from theory. In Quemoy and Matsu, in Lebanon and Korea, the applied weapon was a show of conventional force or the boom of conventional guns. In Washington last week, the Kennedy Administration began moving toward closing the doctrinal gap by placing new emphasis on the U.S.'s conventional-war capability.

The new doctrine implied no downgrading of nuclear strike power,...

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