Soviet Attitudes Toward Carter's 1977 Strategic Weapons Decisions.
Military issues research memo.,
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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After first presenting an overview of the Soviet perception of President Carter, this memorandum examines the Soviet reaction to several of President Carters 1977 strategic weapons decisions. The author concludes that the Kremlins reactions to those decisions were conditioned by a number of factors including legitimate Soviet security concerns, the availability or nonavailability of roughly comparable systems within the Soviet arsenal, and, from the Soviet perspective, a resurgence of reactionary elements within the US political arena. He asserts that, in certain respects, the American decisions may have influenced the Soviet leadership to be more pliable in its bargaining positions, but have also opened possibilities for additional spirals in the strategic arms race. Author
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