Accession Number:

ADA142163

Title:

The Changing Strategic Balance and US Defense Planning.

Descriptive Note:

Strategic issues research memorandum,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE