Accession Number:

ADA305532

Title:

The Devolution of Russian Military Power,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1995-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

In the mid 1980s the Cold War was still cold. The United States and the Soviet Union were increasing their defense spending as they entered a new cycle of rearming. North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO and Warsaw Pact forces faced each other across Central Europe. Today, a mere ten years later, there is no Soviet Union or Warsaw Pact. Former Soviet allies are clamoring to enter NATO and Russias military is a literally a shadow of its former self. Table 1 summarizes a dramatic evolution in the traditional indicators of SovietRussian military power. Standing capabilities such as troops and tanks are less than one-third former levels. Weapons production hovers at 1 of the rates. And most significantly, there are no Russian forces in Eastern Europe.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE