Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions--toward a Model.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Mutual and balanced force reductions MBFR between NATO and the Warsaw Pact have emerged as one of the most important security issues of the 1970s. Exploratory discussions commenced 31 January 1973, and actual negotiations could start in the Fall of 1973. President Nixon has affirmed that the US would not reduce its forces in Europe without reciprocity by the Warsaw Pact. Pact forces outnumber NATOs, better than 21 in tanks and aircraft in Central Europe. In this current era of detente in Europe with Ostpolitik, the Berlin settlement, the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and SALT, the atmosphere toward progress in MBFR seems favorable. The outline of an illustrative model on How to Reduce is provided--a comprehensive model involving constraints, verification, 50 reductions in US and USSR ground forces, and 10 reductions in the other NATO and PACT nations involved in Central Europe. As a follow-on to a post-MBFR period is the requirement that US and NATO planners need to evaluate the future posture and disposition of residual US ground forces in Europe. Modified author abstract
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