Military security implies the capability of a nation-state to defend itself, and/or deter military aggression. Alternatively, military security implies the capability of a nation-state to enforce its policy choices by use of military force. The term "military security" is considered synonymous with "security" in much of its usage. One of the definitions of security given in the Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, may be considered a definition of "military security":
A condition that results from the establishment and maintenance of protective measures that ensure a state of inviolability from hostile acts or influences.—Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
This is traditionally, the earliest recognised form of national security.:67 The scope of military seciurity has expanded from conventional forms of conflict between nation-states to fourth-generation warfare between a state and non-state actors.
- "Security." in "Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms", 2001 (As amended through 31 July 2010) op.cited. Pg 477. Accessed 26 September 2010.
- Paleri, Prabhakaran (2008). National Security: Imperatives And Challenges. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill. p. 521. ISBN 978-0-07-065686-4. Retrieved 23 Septamvber 2010. Check date values in:
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