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Sputnik and the Soviet Threat

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels
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Abstract

During the period of an effective US nuclear monopoly, while nuclear offensive capabilities were being refined, very little attention was given to the vulnerability of these capabilities to a Soviet surprise attack. After the first Soviet test of an atomic bomb in 1949 some thought was given to the problem.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Defence StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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