Declaratory Policy for the Strategic Employment of the Soviet Navy,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The first major goal of this research effort is to determine the Soviet Unions declaratory policy for the use of naval forces or other military forces in oceanic theaters in the event of a major including nuclear war. What is sought is not what the experts in the West think but what the Soviets themselves say. Without access to Soviet war plans, one must rely on those unclassified statements by the Soviets that are found in their speeches, articles, books, radio and TV addresses, etc. Using a methodology termed thematic content analysis, the researcher will attempt to achieve his first major goal, elucidation of the Soviet Unions declaratory policy for the use of naval forces. This study will attempt to ascertain the declaratory policy for the strategic employment of the Soviet Navy in a war in which nuclear weapons are used or use of them is threatened. Primary emphasis will be on those naval missions that the researcher discovers the Soviets associate with nuclear warfare or with success in the attainment of war aims. It was the researchers plan to identify declaratory employment policy herein form such material and then subsequently to test the workability of the declaratory policy in a larger study using other methodologies hardware, exercise, sensitivity, and contingency analysis. Content analysis is the best technique available to infer declaratory roles and missions.
- Naval Surface Warfare