Pre-Arms Control Assessment of the Conventional Balance in Europe
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.
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