Military-Political Tasks of the Soviet Navy in War and Peace,
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During 1972-73 the monthly journal of the Soviet Navy published a series of 11 articles by its Commander-in-Chief, Fleet Admiral S. G. Gorshkov. Western analysts are unable agree either on the content of the articles or on the question of whether Gorshkov was lobbying or speaking authoritatively. The author takes the position that Gorshkov is probably speaking authoritatively, and that this work represents, what the Soviets refer to as a concrete expression of doctrine, i.e., a work rationalizing particular tenets of military doctrine that apply to the Navy. He believes the content of the Gorshkov series reflects a Soviet political decision to withhold a substantial portion of their submarine-launched ballistic missiles from the initial strikes in order to carry out deterrence in war, conduct intra-war bargaining and influence the peace talks at the end of the war. This is essentially what the Russians call a military-political task in the national defense system.
- Government and Political Science
- Naval Surface Warfare