McNair Paper 41, Radical Responses to Radical Regimes: Evaluating Preemptive Counter-Proliferation, May 1995

Institute for National Strategic Studies


McNair Paper Number 41, Radical Responses to Radical Regimes: Evaluating Preemptive Counter-Proliferation, May 1995

SUMMARY

	- Is the enemy undeterrable, violent, and a risk-taker?

	- Is the enemy on the WMD threshold or beyond it?

	- Are vital U.S. interests threatened?

	- Are key enemy targets precisely located and vulnerable?

	- Is surprise achievable?

	- Does the United States have a first strike capability?

	- Is the United States homeland safe from enemy WMD?

	- Would the United States and its allies be safe from 
	   retaliation from the WMD of third parties?

	- Have all non-military options been exhausted before considering 
	  preemption?

	- Does the United States have clear objectives achievable by 
	  appropriate means?

	- Is the United States commiting enough resources and is it taking 
	  all necessary steps to insure victory?
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