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Extra info for American Cryptology During the Cold War - Book 2 [TOP SECRET - DECLAS.]
There was no way of knowing whether the intentions behind military deployments were defensive or offensive; hence, it was better to be safe and assume the worst. 1 While there were continual arguments over whether security policy should be based on The Insecurity Dilemma 35 observable capabilities—what the other side could do—or on intent— what the other side meant to do—there was, minimally, a material basis for arriving at assessments, whether correct or not. Today, the basis for assessing threats and potential consequences is of a quite different character, for three fundamental reasons.
Nixon and Kissinger meant to get the United States out of Vietnam but the Nixon Doctrine had wider implications, too. In the future, countries would be expected to provide for their own defense rather than relying on the United States, although the latter would gladly sell to the former the armaments needed for this purpose. It was also during these years that the oil-producing countries ﬁnally began to demand higher prices for their product, so that they could purchase the weapons and technology needed to implement the doctrine.
This, in turn would prevent Free World states from asserting too strongly their national autonomy as against the economic rights of their citizens. To fully carry through this shift meant that the state would have to yield up its sovereign prerogatives to the market and loosen its control over the domestic economy, a move with security implications (Moravcsik, 1991). Free trade and comparative advantage apply not only to wool and wine, but also to guns and gyroscopes, goods with military potential.
American Cryptology During the Cold War - Book 2 [TOP SECRET - DECLAS.] by T. Johnson