Accession Number : ADA187842

Title :   Analysts in War and Peace: MccGwire, McConnell, and Admiral Gorshkov.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA INST OF NAVAL STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Walt, Stephen M

PDF Url : ADA187842

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : This paper is an attempt to evaluate the debate between two Western analysts of the Soviet Navy. The material in question is Soviet military literature, and the focus is on Admiral Sergei G. Gorshkov. Our two scholarly protagonists are James M. McConnell and Michael K. MccGwire. There are two major questions. First, was Gorshkov speaking authoritatively in his celebrated series Navies in War and Peace ? Second, what was he saying? Was he elaborating a novel strategy of withholding SSBN? Alternatively, was the Gorshkov series a polemic for an expansion of the Soviet Navy along more traditional lines, with defense against Western naval strike forces as a principal mission? In this essay, I focus primarily on the second of these questions.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), ANALYSTS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), NAVY, STRIKE WARFARE, USSR, WARFARE, NATIONAL DEFENSE, MILITARY COMMANDERS

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE