STRATEGY: No Place to Hide

One of the cold war's most cherished political concepts has long been that of the limited war, in which each side would abide by a sort of atomic-age Marquis of Queensberry rule book, refraining from using nuclear weapons on the ground that to use them would mean ruin for both sides. But though defense budgets have long been shaped to concentrating on atomic bombs, missiles and artillery instead of masses of infantry, the notion persists that there might still be a direct confrontation between U.S. and Russian arms in which only conventional weapons would be used.

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