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The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command addressed nuclear deterrence challenges at the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition 2010 here Sept. 13.

Gen. Kevin P. Chilton outlined the command's framework to meet ever-changing and complex requirements in a modern, geo-political environment.

"The purpose of a deterrence force is to create a set of conditions that would cause any potential adversary to conclude that the cost of any particular act against the (U.S.) or her allies is far higher than the potential benefit of that act," General Chilton said. "Deterrence is ultimately focused on the decision maker."

The general also explained it is just as important to study multiple potential adversaries with nuclear capabilities and differing views as it was to study a single adversary during the Cold War.

:snip: Edited by Rheo
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