Operationalising Deterrence in the 21st Century

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” – deterrence in the land environment is an ageold concept and recalling Sun Tzu is instinctive. Tzu advised commanders to only fight when entirely necessary, manoeuvring to a position of tactical or political strength so your opponent is either unable or unwilling to fight and, as the case studies examined in the workshop highlighted, deterrence (successful or not) has been a core activity since 1945. Despite this, since the end of the Cold War much less study has been dedicated to the subject and it has been suggested that Land understanding of deterrence in the current environment is not as comprehensive as it should be.