Supporting Paper: The Political Rationale of Soviet Military Capabilities and Doctrine



The momentum of the Soviet military buildup of the 1960s and 1970s shows every sign of being carried over into the 1980s. Serial production of modern tanks, armored personnel carriers, artillery pieces, fighter aircraft, medium-range bombers and missiles, as well as cruisers and aircraft carriers, is continuing. New weapons are being developed and tested. New large military production plants and assembly buildings are being constructed. The technological gap in weapon systems has been closed in many areas, and in some areas the Soviet Union has taken the lead.


Foreign Policy Nuclear Weapon Military Power Ballistic Missile Italic Mine 
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© The American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EbenhausenFederal Republic of Germany

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