Accession Number : ADA291101

Title :   National Security: Perspectives on Worldwide Threats and Implications for U.S. Forces.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

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Report Date : 16 APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : This report summarizes the views presented in October 1991, at a GAO sponsored conference on worldwide threats to U.S. national security. The conference was designed to provide insight into potential military threats to U.S. security interests and necessary modifications to current and planned U.S. forces to meet those threats. Conference participants discussed and analyzed the possibility of U.S. and Allied involvement in various regional contingencies in Europe, the Soviet Union, East Asia the Pacific, the Near East and South Asia. Topics ranged from the possibility of nuclear war to a general discussion of low intensity conflict. To serve as a starting point for discussion, the participants agreed that for many years the Soviet-Warsaw Pact threat to Europe shaped U.S. force planning but that the USSR no longer posed a conventional threat. Nuclear weapons held by the former Soviet Union and now Independent States continued to be a threat to global stability, however. The participants suggested several options for responding to the changing security environment, including assisting the former Soviet Republics with denuclearization, reducing forward deployed U.S. forces in Europe and the Pacific, increasing U.S. efforts at missile nonproliferation in the Near East, and reforming the organization and control of low intensity conflict operations.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *DEFENSE PLANNING, *NATIONAL DEFENSE, NUCLEAR WARFARE, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), GUIDED MISSILES, USSR, EUROPE, STABILITY, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, THREATS, MODIFICATION, SECURITY, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, THREAT EVALUATION, GEOPOLITICS, RUSSIA, MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, WARSAW PACT COUNTRIES, MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES, UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), CATALYTIC CONFLICT(WARFARE), NORTHEAST ASIA, LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT, FAR EAST, SOUTH ASIA.

Subject Categories : Defense Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Nuclear Warfare
      Unconventional Warfare

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