The Gorshkov Articles, the New Gorshkov Book and Their Relation to Policy,
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The Gorshkov referred to is Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Sergey Gorshkov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy. The debate among Western Analysts, now over three years old, is about a series of articles which he published, under the title of Navies in War and Peace, in his Navys monthly journal, The Naval Digest, over the course of 1972-73. It was originally intended in this paper to present a summary of the state of the debate dealing with the arguments of all the participants. This plan was changed by the publication, in February of this year, of a book by Gorshkov, entitled The Sea Power of the State. The theme is the same as the series, and much of the data is only repetition, but here and there a point that is only adumbrated in the series e.g., command of the sea is expanded into an entire section, and even when the book only supplements the series, it often firms up what could previously only be inferred. There are two questions that have been central to the debate from the very beginning the question of the authoritativeness of the Gorshkov series--is he advocating or announcing--and the question of its content.
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