Soviet Military Policy Since World War II

Soviet Military Policy Since World War II

Authors: William T. Lee, Richard F. Staar
ISBN: 978-0-8179-8302-4
Publication Date: 6/1/1986

This book explains that Moscow's weapons programs are best understood and anticipated "as an attempt to satisfy the requirements of [Soviet] doctrine and strategy," which are based on nuclear war—fighting and damage-limiting objectives and the quest for nuclear superiority over the West. Officially established USSR doctrine and strategy can be determined-—have, in fact, remained remarkably stable for over a quarter-century—and "clearly state both the reasons for and the objectives of the Soviet military buildup." Kremlin decision-makers have deliberately and systematically established their own strategic policies and objectives, which are decidedly not mere mirror images of American ones, and they follow them assiduously. Only thus can the unremitting Soviet military buildup (its nature and its objectives) be understood.

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Richard F. Staar

Richard F. Staar passed away on March 27, 2018.  He was a senior fellow, emeritus at the Hoover Institution. He served as US ambassador to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction (MBFR) negotiations in Vienna, Austria. His areas of specialization included the Federation of Russia and East-Central Europe, military strategy, national security, arms control, and public diplomacy.


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