Accession Number:

ADA089759

Title:

Nine Days to Oder: An Alternate NATO Strategy for Central Region, Europe.

Descriptive Note:

Group study project,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Report Date:

1980-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

197.0

Abstract:

The basic question is whether it is possible to develop an alternate NATO strategy in Central Region, Europe, that will lead to the decisive defeat of Pact forces without the use of nuclear weapons. The study examines the strategic objectives of the Soviet Union in Western Europe, develops a scenario for the achievement of these objectives in the year 1983, and then examines the vulnerabilities of the Pact positions, deployment and operational tactics. The study concludes that the Pact flanks are assailable and then proceeds to develop a nine day combined ground, air and naval campaign that will destroy the first and second echelon forces in Czechoslovakia, Poland and East Germany. In addition to the organization, combined arms operations and ground logistics associated with the proposed campaign, current force and equipment shortages are identified together with their incremental costs. The study concludes that a Pact attack in 1983 can be defeated if certain changes are made in the numbers, organization and disposition of US forces. The identified incremental costs involve a 2.8 to 3.5 percent increase in the Department of Defense budgets for the FY 1981 through 1983. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE