Accession Number : ADA269762

Title :   Soviet Assessments of the Theater Balance of Forces: The Case of the Belorussian Operation of 1944.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE

Personal Author(s) : Rumer, Eugene B.

Report Date : DEC 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : One of the more important and difficult elements of military planning consists of assessing one's own military capabilities relative to those of potential opponents. The Soviet planning process is not exception to this rule and development of the capabilities of its Armed Forces cannot take place in the abstract and is undoubtedly tied to specific mission requirements. What factors go into Soviet assessments of theater balance? How much weight are they given in the 'big picture' and how important are they relative each other? It is not the purpose of this study to provide a single static 'Soviet-style' answer to these questions. Instead, my purpose is to throw light on what constitutes the substance of theater balance assessment in the mind of Soviet military establishment

Descriptors :   *USSR, *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, MILITARY DOCTRINE, MILITARY STRATEGY, MILITARY HISTORY, NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

Subject Categories : Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE