Meaning of countervalue in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkaʊntəvaljuː/


  • An equivalent or equal, especially in military strategy.

    as modifier ‘countervalue weapons’
    • ‘Given what the author assumes will be the ICBM force's problems with accuracy, he recommends a countervalue strategy that he deems sufficient to deter U.S. intervention in the country's affairs.’
    • ‘The country envisioned retaliation against strategic and tactical attacks and would probably strike countervalue rather than counterforce targets.’
    • ‘As for targeting strategy, finally, it appears that the country is developing a modified countervalue approach - putting an adversary's civilian assets at risk.’
    • ‘In other words, axiological targeting sees nonmilitary centers of gravity as more strategic and countervalue targets as more important than counterforce targets.’
    • ‘As the dual classification of ‘enemy leadership’ suggests, there can be overlap between counterforce and countervalue targets.’