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This paper, originally presented as testimony before the Defense Appropriation Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, discusses the military and political implications of the unilateral force reductions recently announced by the Soviet Union and East European countries, including the implications of the force cuts for the conventional balance. The author suggests that it now seems possible to negotiate an arms control agreement along the lines NATO is seeking, one that would facilitate a new and less competitive political relationship between East and West.

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