Wednesday, January 26, 2005

First Strike

The Prisoners' Dilemma was extensively studied as a model of first strike nuclear ballistic missile strategy. In it, two prisoners are held separately, and both are offered the following deal, `If neither of you confess, you shall both go free. If both of you confess, you will both receive long sentences. If only one of you confesses, that one will receive a short sentence, but the other will receive a doubley long one.'

Is there really an advantage to first strike?? If so what prevented the Cold War from exploiting this fact.

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