Knowing about Soviet weapons acquisition and strategic weapons

by Arthur J. Alexander

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This paper was originally prepared for a Conference on Soviet Military Policy, held at Columbia University, New York, on April 13-14, 1984. It considers the relationship between Soviet strategic doctrine and force posture, and how they might be affected by the weapons acquisition process. The author discusses the sources of our information about Soviet weapons acquisition, and suggests that analysts have gradually been able to piece together a general pattern of Soviet weapons design.

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