Preparing for the Threat: 1972–6

  • Lawrence Freedman


In November 1974 Dr Malcolm Currie, Director of Defense Research and Engineering, warned that: ‘The coming year will probably see the start of the most massive deployment of new strategic weapons in history — and those will be Soviet weapons’.1 The scale of the Soviet effort was sufficient to disturb ‘even some who had been prone to view US programs as the principal catalyst of the arms race’.2 Had the ‘threat’ so dramatically prophesied by Laird, Foster and Senator Jackson in the first term of the Nixon Administration finally come to pass?


Guidance Technology Soviet Force Intelligence Estimate Deployment Rate Strategic Weapon 
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  1. 2.
    Lawrence D. Weiler, ‘The Status of SALT: A Perspective’, Arms Control Today, iv (Dec 1974).Google Scholar

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© Lawrence David Freedman 1977

Authors and Affiliations

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

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