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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Robert Jervis Annotation pdf (40,746 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Robert Jervis
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (40,746 Bytes)
Date:
1983-02-14 (February 14, 1983)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Jervis, Robert
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: SAM Science and Man Series
Box Number: 106
Folder Number: 26
Unique Identifier:
BBGDRH
Accession Number:
92
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Writings
SubSeries: Science and Man
Folder: S104: "The Real Missile Gap Is In Knowledge of Psychology" (29 June 1968)
Transcript:
Bob Jervis
[stamped, FEB 14 1983]
. . . Escalation Domniance [sic] . . . .
Your paper is magnificent! I'm about 1/2 way through; and already wanted to acknowledge it.
My letter of Jan 5. echoes some of the same ideas (little wonder). Your writing leads me to some self-criticism about not expressing my full meaning. We all internalize dialectic and compromise for tactical persuasion at the margin. I am glad you did less of that!
I will have to discuss with you further why we do need, as I believe, more theater-capable forces. Demonstra-
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-tion of resolve and commitment to positions we value (but less than to risk mutual suicide) are part of it. Perhaps slightly different is to avoid loss of initiative, loss to faits accomplis. At theater [ . . . ] is there such a sharp line between deterrence by denial vs. by cost? In combat there is usually a tradeoff between gains and costs.
More anon.
Joshua.
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
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