Hemispheric Denial: Geopolitical Imperatives and Soviet Strategy.
Military issues research memo.,
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Throughout the recent era of US-USSR detente, the Soviet Union has continued to maintain large, apparently offensively structured land forces in Eastern Europe and Western USSR. In addition, the Soviets have mounted major efforts to build a modern high seas fleet capable of long-range, global naval operations. This memorandum examines the Soviet position in the light of classic geopolitical concepts, as suggested by Sir Halford MacKinder. Taking into consideration certain relevant aspects of Russian historical experience, outlines probable geographic and force parameters of Soviet security requirements. It views Soviet force components as components of a totality, rather than separate entities, to provide a basis for a better understanding of larger Soviet strategic objectives and for identifying likely force development goals. Author
- Government and Political Science