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Navy Official Challenges Strategists to Rethink 'Deterrence'

Dr. Janine Davidson, the 32nd Under Secretary of the Navy. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tammy Nooner)
Dr. Janine Davidson, the 32nd Under Secretary of the Navy. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tammy Nooner)

NEWPORT, R.I. — A top Navy official is challenging military strategists to rethink the concept of deterrence.

Under Secretary of the Navy Janine Davidson says the U.S. military has to be bold sometimes, and may need to provoke a little, in order to deter.

Davidson said Tuesday at a strategy forum at the Naval War College in Newport that U.S. operations in the South China Sea, for example, should continue to demonstrate that sea lanes should remain open.

She says the thinking about deterrence is largely based on old models focused on nuclear weapons and China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are challenging the global order from many angles.

She says it takes a complex formula to deter behavior that's short of what's considered war, when nations try to redraw maps and rewrite rules.

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