Soviet Military Strategy

A Translation from the Russian of V. D. Sokolovskii with Analysis and Annotation by H. Dinerstein, L. Gouré and T. Wolfe

by Vasilii Dani Sokolovskii, Herbert S. Dinerstein, Leon Goure, Thomas W. Wolfe

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A discussion and re-examination by Soviet military leaders of the effects of nuclear weapons on Soviet security and on the requirements for waging a successful war. The Soviet authors examine in detail the character of Soviet strategy and methods of conducting a modern war, the role of nuclear weapons and strategic forces, the employment of ground forces, and the functions and problems of air defense and civil defense. They also present a comprehensive Soviet assessment of Western military capabilities country by country. The report provides an extensive discussion of the critical importance of the nuclear first strike; it deals with the size, organization, and composition of the armed forces, and with their mobilization and state of readiness; it gives the Soviet view on military uses of space; and it investagates the problem of command and control in modern war.

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