Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A contrary or opposing force, especially a military force capable of destroying the nuclear armaments of an enemy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A force that opposes another force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An opposing force.

Etymologies

counter- +‎ force (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He endorsed a version of what the RAND people called "counterforce" - that is, targeting Soviet nuclear and other military forces rather than cities, partly in an attempt to limit the damage those forces could do to Europe and to the U.S. homeland, and partly so as to hold Soviet cities hostage to further strikes and use that threat as a bargaining chip.

    The Two Malcontents

  • The leap in American counterforce capabilities since the end of the Cold War is staggering.)

    Superiority Complex

  • I wholly share his interest in getting a more realistic assessment of the so-called counterforce first strike.

    'How Not to Think About Nuclear War': An Exchange

  • The Pentagon's notion of "counterforce" means the ability to destroy an adversary's nuclear missiles pre-launch with Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), then "cleaning up" the few still remaining to precude retaliation.

    Printing: Reviewing F. William Engdahl's "Full Spectrum Dominance:" Part II

  • Instead, "counterforce" implied the political and economic defense of Western Europe against the disruptive effect of the war on European society.

    [them] out of the closet

  • They are necessary for a disarming "counterforce" strike, aimed at pre-empting a nuclear attack — and hence winning a nuclear war.

    The Perils of Primacy

  • So is the only solution might be something like an unofficial "counterforce" gathering the opposite : player wishing and just with passion too a peacefull clean world ?

    Trust Me, Baby

  • The Russians, then, had an advantage in a potential "counterforce" attack-the sort aimed at weapons rather than people.

    The Cardinal of the Kremlin

  • Nuclear war-fighting measures, on the other hand, are called "counterforce" strategies.

    FrontPage Magazine

  • Titled "From Counterforce to Minimal Deterrence - A New Nuclear Policy on the Path Toward Eliminating Nuclear Weapons", the report calls to abandon the almost five-decade-long central mission for US nuclear forces, which has been and continues to be "counterforce," the capability for US forces to destroy an enemy's military forces, its weapons, its command and control facilities and its key leaders.

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