The Political Control of the Soviet Armed Forces.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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At the end of the Civil War in 1921, the Red Army was a badly equipped, poorly trained, and ill disciplined force. Today it is a modern, technologically sophisticated and highly effective army. This change has been most dramatic and overshadows similar advances made by the USSR as an industrial power. Mikhail S. Gorbachev came to power in March of 1985. Since that time he has made twelve changes in the Soviet High Command. The latest was to replace the Defense Minister. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the nature of the political control of the Soviet military, its history, effectiveness, and effects of Perestroika on that relationship.
- Military Forces and Organizations