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Carter doctrine

| | 1-06-2018, 12:05

 

Carter Doctrine is a foreign policy initiative introduced by U.S. President Jimmy Carter on January 23, 1980 as a response to the Soviet Union’s intervention in Afghanistan. J. Carter declared that the U.S. would employ military force against any country that attempted to gain control of the Persian Gulf, thus warning away outside forces from the region. 

The Carter administration recommended a 6 percent increase in the defense budget and created Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force that could be quickly dispatched to any combat zone in the world. 

Carter issued a presidential directive ordering the development of smaller nuclear weapons that could be used to strike highly specific targets. 

With that directive, which envisioned the possibility of a limited nuclear war, Carter abandoned the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, which had previously (from the 1960s) governed the nuclear strategy of both the United States and the Soviet Union.