Accession Number : ADA178649

Title :   Threat and Opportunity: The Soviet View of the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Uchrinscko, Karl W.

PDF Url : ADA178649

Report Date : DEC 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 140

Abstract : The Soviet response to the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) during the period March 1983 through November 1985 provided indications of their view of the program both as a threat and as an opportunity to weaken NATO. The SDI is seen not only as a threat to the physical security of the Soviet Union but as part of an effort by the United States to seize the strategic initiative by neutralizing the military component of Soviet strategy. A major objective of that strategy is the political separation of Western Europe from the United States which the Soviets sought to facilitate by aggravating allied concern over the SDI's potential implications for European security and economic interests.

Descriptors :   *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, USSR, NATO, EUROPE, MILITARY STRATEGY, UNITED STATES, POLITICAL SCIENCE, NATIONAL SECURITY, STRATEGY, SECURITY, THESES, RESPONSE, WESTERN EUROPE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE