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An attempt to ascertain the nature of the Soviet civil defense doctrine, the character and scope of the Soviet program, and the actual extent of its implementation. Some of the limitations and assumptions of the Soviet civil defense program are also suggested. Evidence indicates that the Soviet authorities are serious about civil defense and that they have been trying over a period of years to develop (within the limits of available financial, technical, and material resources) a significant civil defense capability.

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