Accession Number:

ADA184407

Title:

Arms Control and the New Revolution in Soviet Military Affairs

Descriptive Note:

Professional paper

Corporate Author:

CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA NAVAL WARFARE OPERATIONS DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

According to Soviet military writers, the changes in doctrine that constitute the new revolution in Soviet military affairs were generated by evolving technological developments in both nuclear and conventional arms. A review of Soviet military literature in the 1980s moreover provides evidence that changes in strategy, operational art, and tactics have in turn generated changes in force structure and weapons modernization that indicate a downgrading of nuclear contingencies and a preference for conventional warfare. Especially in light of Gorbachevs repeated admissions that the present level of Soviet defense expenditures threatens to derail his internal re-structuring the new revolution in Soviet military affairs implies a genuine Soviet incentive to pursue arms control agreements with the United States.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE