Accession Number:

ADA034196

Title:

Prospects for a Soviet Strategy of Controlled Nuclear War: An Assessment of Some Key Indicators,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA INTERNATIONAL AND SOCIAL STUDIES DIV

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Report Date:

1976-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

114.0

Abstract:

The study assesses the prospects for a Soviet strategy of controlled nuclear war by focusing primarily on indicators other than the strike instruments themselves. Part One analyzes Soviet strategic doctrine as a key indicator of the prospects for a Soviet strategy of controlled nuclear war. The analysis encompasses Soviet writings beginning with the early 1960s and evaluates specific Soviet statements on controlled nuclear war. Part Two analyzes pertinent aspects and implications of the evolution of Soviet capabilities such as Soviet nuclear strike instruments, but principal attention is given to other factors, such as command and control capabilities, and internal Soviet political and military interests. Principal findings and a tentative conclusion on the prospects for a Soviet strategy of controlled nuclear war are presented.

Subject Categories:

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

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE