The Soviet Union and Its Caribbean Allies: Strategic, Maritime, and Regional Threat to the United States.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The Soviet Unions activity in the Carribean Basin, executed via its client-states of Cuba and Nicaragua, has created a serious threat to U.S. security in the region. This threat to U.S. security takes two forms. The first is the reality of a heavily militarized Cuba posing a significant anti-SLOC potential against Caribbean sea lanes in the event of general war. Such a scenario would tie down NATO antisubmarine warfare ASW assets in the Caribbean, detracting from NATOs ability to wage the ASW campaign in more critical areas such as the Central and North Atlantic. The second threat is Nicaraguan and Cuban active support of leftist insurgencies in the Basin. These efforts, at the direction of the Soviet Union, pose, not a potential, but a present-day and ongoing security concern for the United States. This thesis briefly examines the historical context of Soviet involvement in the region, and then proceeds to catalog the above mentioned threats to U.S. security, and discusses their implications.
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