Strategic messages that incorporate credible threats under jus ad bellum are often the best option to enhance deterrence signaling.
Matthew J. Aiesi is a Major in the United States Army. He in as an Associate Professor in the National Security Law Department at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va. The views expressed here are his personal views and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Defense, the United States Army, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, or any other department or agency of the United States Government.
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The better approach for the U.S. is to use the lexicon of jus ad bellum in public messaging.
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