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second strike

[′sek·ənd ′strīk]
(ordnance)
The first counterblow of a war (generally associated with nuclear operations).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The completion of the nuclear triad enhances Pakistan's retaliatory capability or assured second-strike proficiency.
Technically the best mode of second-strike capability is submarine launched ballistic missile, which neither India nor Pakistan have deployed as yet, Cheema said.
According to media speculation, the new submarines will provide Israel with second-strike capability, in the event that Iran, or any other state, attacks Israel with nuclear weapons.
Second-strike capability is essential for deterring nuclear attack.
That's the only problem second-strike capability will resolve.
"To meet its ultimate deterrence objectives -- that is, to deter the most overwhelmingly destructive enemy first-strikes -- Israel must seek and achieve a visible second-strike capability to target approximately 15 enemy cities," the report, presented to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said.