By Barry R. Schneider, Lawrence E. Grinter,

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5 . The advantages of achieving local superiority, even if outnumbered overall, is not a new idea. The same point was made several thousand years ago by Sun Tzu. See Sun Tzu, The Art of War, trans . Samuel B. Griffith (London : Oxford University Press, 1963), 98. 6. The Manhattan Project provided a fission weapon in 1945 that was over a thousand times more powerful per unit weight than a TNT warhead of equivalent weight . The H-bomb fusion weapons that followed carried an explosive yield a thousand times more powerful than the earlier A-bombs .

John A. Warden III, "Air Power for the Twenty-First Century," in Karl P. Magyar, Editor in Chief, Challenge and Response: Anticipating US Military Security Concerns (Maxwell AFB, Alabama : Air University Press, August 1994) 328-29 . 31 . See Chester Wilmot, "David and Goliath," chapter 2, The Struggle for Europe (New York: Harper Colophon Books, 1952,) 33-55 . Not realizing the potency and importance of British radar stations, the German high command mistakenly abandoned their early bombardment of them in the Battle of Britain because they believed that the British would be able to repair them and put them back into operation very quickly .

21 . It would be inadvisable in almost all contingencies to use US nuclear weapons in counterforce strikes against enemy weapons of mass destruction . For a number of reasons, the preferred instrument for disarming the adversary very likely should be advanced conventional weapons . The worldwide reaction to the United States using nuclear weapons on a regional enemy, particularly if used first, would be negative in the extreme and could unhinge all other US diplomatic and multilateral efforts to counter the spread of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons in other regions of the world.

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