Accession Number : ADA138988

Title :   Soviet Theater Nuclear Capabilities: The European Nuclear Balance in Transition,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Kennedy,R

PDF Url : ADA138988

Report Date : 31 Aug 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : This memorandum examined the changing strategic and theater nuclear environment; Soviet theater nuclear force improvements and doctrine; the implications of Soviet theater nuclear buildup for deterrence and the defense of Europe; and NATO's response. The author concludes that the changing balance of theater capabilities has resulted in a devaluation of deterrence, a decline in Western self-confidence, and an increase in NATO's vulnerabilities. The author also contends that if the Soviet Union is unwilling to negotiate a significant reduction intermediate-range nuclear forces that now pose a serious threat to the West, the NATO deployment of Pershing II and cruise missiles will not only help to restore balance to the NATO/Warsaw Pact nuclear equation, but will also enhance deterrence, reduce NATO's vulnerabilities, and thus, will contribute to crisis stability in Europe. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Balance of power, *Nuclear forces(Military), Theater level operations, Strategic analysis, Deterrence, NATO, Vulnerability, Military forces(Foreign), USSR, Threats, Western security(International)

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE