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The Truth About Tripwires: Why Small Force Deployments Do Not Deter Aggression

The Truth About Tripwires: Why Small Force Deployments Do Not Deter Aggression

A pillar of American grand strategy since 1945 has been the deployment of forces — sometimes smaller and sometimes larger — abroad. A key logic underpinning smaller deployments is that they serve as tripwires: Attacking them is assumed to inevitably…