The underlying theme of this essay is distrust. It is out of distrust of one another—often quite reasonable distrust—that nations arm against one another, and that they use deception and secrecy to protect themselves. In turn, such actions on the part of any one nation generate more distrust in the adversary, who then arms yet more, and considers further increases in secrecy and new forms of deception.
"Secrets and Deception: Implications for the Military,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 38
, Article 8.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol38/iss2/8