The Kremlin's Nuclear Sword: The Kremlin's Nuclear Sword / Edition 1

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Overview

The prevailing Western view of Russia’s Cold War strategic nuclear weapons policy is that it resulted from a two-part interplay between the leaders of the Communist Party and the military. Steven J. Zaloga has found that a third contributor—the Russian defense industry—also played a vital role.

Drawing from elusive Russian source material and interviews with many proud Russian and Ukrainian engineers, Zaloga presents a definitive account of Russia’s strategic forces, who built them, and why. The book is the first in English to refer to the weapons by their actual Soviet names, providing the bedrock for future works. Helpful appendices list U.S., NATO, and other designations, and the illustrations provide clear visual references.

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A voluminous writer on arms trading and technology, Zaloga explores the development of the Soviet Union and Russian strategic nuclear forces, focusing primarily on the offensive forces though looking at strategic defensive forces when necessary. The intercontinental ballistic missile being the most important element of the forces, it sits at the center of the study. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588340078
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Zaloga is a senior analyst for Teal Group Corp., an aerospace consulting firm. He also serves as an adjunct staff member with the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is the author of numerous books and articles on military technology and military history.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Revolution in Military Affairs: 1946-1953 1
Ch. 2 Bomber vs. Missile: 1953-1959 22
Ch. 3 Deploying the First Generation: 1960-1965 60
Ch. 4 The Race for Parity: 1965-1973 101
Ch. 5 Beyond Parity: 1973-1985 135
Ch. 6 To the Brink of Collapse: 1985-1991 178
Ch. 7 Soviet Becomes Russian: 1991-2000 215
App. 1 Missile Technical Data 231
App. 2 Soviet Strategic Forces, 1960-Present 241
App. 3 Guide to Soviet and Western Designations 249
Notes 257
Index 293
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