The Changing Strategic Balance and US Defense Planning.
Strategic issues research memorandum,
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This memorandum evaluates the nature of and objectives behind the unrelenting buildup of Soviet strategic nuclear forces. The author concludes that while the Soviet Union may be seeking some margin of superiority, deterrence of nuclear war remains a preeminent Soviet objective. The author further concludes that while US strategic retaliatory forces have become more vulnerable to a Soviet preemptive attack, the Soviet Union does not yet have the capacity to execute a disarming first-strike. Nevertheless, the United States must modernize its strategic forces and engage the Soviet Union in arms control efforts if future strategic instabilities are to be avoided.
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