Soviet Civil Defense - Post-Strike Repair and Restoration.
MIAMI UNIV CORAL GABLES FLA CENTER FOR ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
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The report describes and analyzes, on the basis of open Soviet source material, Soviet civil defense doctrine, organization, plans and activities pertaining to post-strike emergency repair and restoration operations. It is noted that Soviet doctrine places great emphasis on measures to assure the viability of essential industrial facilities, utilities, services and transportation in wartime as vital to the war effort and for the attainment of victory. Measures to limit damage from an attack include industrial dispersal, relatively simple hardening, stockpiling of raw materials and parts, as well as the preparation of large civil defense forces to conduct rescue, repair and restoration work in areas damaged by a nuclear strike. Available evidence suggests that considerable work has been accomplished on these measures in recent years although the data also indicate the persistence of various deficiencies. It is noted that the new 20-hour compulsory civil defense training program for the general population, initiated in January 1973, places particular stress on practical training and on raising the level of operational readiness of civil defense formations. Author
- Civil Defense