Pre-Arms Control Assessment of the Conventional Balance in Europe

  • John W. Gibson
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 26)


There is general consensus in the West that there has been an adverse trend in the NATO/WP military balance over the past 15 years, but less agreement on the sizing of NATO’s deficiencies. The strategy of flexible response (MC 14/3) developed in 1967, argued that each leg of the triad (strategic nuclear, theatre nuclear - TNF, conventional forces) should offer both independent and mutually supporting deterrent and defence roles. It has always recognized quantitative inferiority in readily deployable conventional forces, offset at the outset by a measure of strategic and theatre nuclear superiority and qualitative advantages stemming from NATO’s lead in technology.


Europe Triad 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Gibson
    • 1
  1. 1.Sevenoaks, KentUK

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