Workshop Report: Requirements for Conventional Defense



The continuing growth in Warsaw Pact military capabilities, nuclear as well as conventional, is raising concerns within NATO about its ability to deter aggression and, should war occur, to provide a stalwart defense. This has given impetus to a wide-ranging and intense public debate regarding how to improve the manner in which the Alliance organizes and conducts its defense. Many of the changes to NATO practices and procedures that have been proposed in this debate transcend the bounds of military reform and would require a new strategy and associated force posture. But the realities of NATO’s geographic situation, national manpower policies, and ongoing budgetary constraints make it impractical to consider the development of a new strategy.


Weapon System Workshop Report Ballistic Missile Target Acquisition Warsaw Pact 
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