The Russian View of U.S. Strategy: Its Past, Its Future / Edition 1

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Soviet perceptions of U.S. strategy remained remarkably consistent from the post-Stalin period through the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union itself. The consistency of the Soviet tendency to engage in the “mirror-image” fallacy in their analyses of U.S. doctrine and strategic intentions has profound implications for the future relationship of the U.S. and the now-independent republics. This authoritative volume analyzes the Soviet/Russian perspectives of U.S. strategic evolution from the declaration of the “massive retaliation” doctrine of 1954 through the Soviet collapse of 1991.

The Soviets considered the growth of their strategic nuclear arsenal as the main factor giving them political leverage over U.S. foreign policy and predicted that a defense policy based on strategic defense would be the most effective deterrent from a Soviet perspective. Now the Russian military and political leadership places a high value on strategic nuclear forces in terms of political leverage and prestige.

Building upon a wide variety of international sources, the Lockwoods offer a penetrating assessment of how the present Russian perspective will affect political relationships, not only with the U.S. and the West, but also among the independent republics. This factor will become ever more critical as they vie for decentralized versus unified control of what was the Soviet nuclear arsenal under the shadow of the collapsing economies. The authors also introduce a new theory concerning the future impact of ballistic missile defense on operational warfare in light of the U.S. experience in Operation Desert Storm. The Russian View of U.S. Strategy provides a comprehensive historical context and an up-to-date appraisal of an uncertain and potentially volatile development in U.S.-Russian relations. It will be of interest to historians, policymakers, and military analysts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765806369
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Doctrinal Overview
1 The Development of U.S. Strategic Doctrine 13
2 The Evolution of Soviet Strategic Doctrine 29
Pt. II Massive Retaliation Period (1954-1960)
3 The Soviet View of Massive Retaliation 47
4 Limited War: Can U.S. Imperialism Restrain Itself? 64
Pt. III Flexible Response Period (1961-1968)
5 Flexible Response and Soviet Reaction 83
6 Soviet Reaction to the McNamara Concepts 100
Pt. IV Realistic Deterrence Period (1969-1982)
7 The Crisis of Capitalism: Soviet Views of the Nixon Doctrine 123
8 Dangerous Reversal: Soviet Reaction to the Limited Nuclear Options Strategy 140
9 Toward Nuclear Warfighting: The Soviet View of Presidential Directive 59 155
Pt. V From Strategic Defense Initiative to the Collapse of Communism (1983-1991)
10 Nightmare Becomes Reality: The Soviet View of SDI 169
11 The Future of U.S. and Russian Strategy 184
Appendix A: Comparison of US/USSR ICBM/SLBM/Bomber Deployments, 1960-1991 205
Appendix B: Chronology of Major Events Involving Use of Soviet Military Power 1954-1991 206
Appendix C: The Impact of Ballistic Missile Defense on Operational Warfare 208
Selected Bibliography 221
Index 231
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