Naval War College Review


Frank M. Snyder


What are the chances that an international crisis would escalate into war as a result of tactical interactions between on-scene naval forces executing orders from national leaders trying to "manage" the crisis? Since war between the United States and the Soviet Union did not break out as a result of the many crises of the Cold War, a quick answer might be, "Escalation seems unlikely; at least it turned out that way." The question, however, deserves a more thoughtful answer.