The term the ‘Soviet Threat’ is rather presumptuous, assuming as it does an adversary relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States, and implying that this is based on the former’s aggressive nature. The use of the term in this study indicates no ‘blame’ for the start of the cold war, no view about its continuation and no implication as to the effectiveness of détente. It is to be understood in a limited form, mainly as a reference point for US military planning in the field of strategic arms. The Soviet strategic threat represents the dangers to US national security identified as being present or evolving in the nuclear weapons programmes of the Soviet Union.


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© Lawrence David Freedman 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence Freedman
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  1. 1.Royal Institute of International AffairsUK

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