An Assessment of Military Influence on Soviet Defense Policy and the Party.
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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This paper presents a review of the history and structure of Soviet military-party relationships showing an ever-increasing role of the military in resource allocation and foreign-policy decisionmaking. The implications of this steady growth of the military role, status and influence in the Soviet Union are studied in terms of the possibility of an eventual militarization of the Communist Party and government. If current, patterns of ideological stagnation, bureaucratic immobilism and economic deterioration continue, the party will find itself more progressively dependent on the military underscoring its uneasiness of the status of this relationship. Author
- Government and Political Science