Accession Number:

ADA003133

Title:

Who Mans the Walls. European Security Requirements for US Military Presence in the 1970's

Descriptive Note:

Student essay

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-10-21

Pagination or Media Count:

35.0

Abstract:

The essay appraises European requirements for United States military presence in the context of dynamic economic and political forces acting on NATOs members as well as the threat posed by the Warsaw Pact. The essay considers the influence of NATOs historical roots on its projected strategy and requirements. The current strategic environment is analyzed in terms of present and anticipated internal and external threats as well as NATOs relative military posture. Implications of strategic balance are assessed in terms of deterrence, flexibility and confidence. The current United States role within the alliance is defined as a basis for appraising our future requirements. Two alternative United States force level strategies and their implications are examined maintenance of present force levels and unilateral force reductions.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE