Accession Number : ADA305532

Title :   The Devolution of Russian Military Power,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Meyer, Stephen M.

PDF Url : ADA305532

Report Date : NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : In the mid 1980s the Cold War was still cold. The United States and the Soviet Union were increasing their defense spending as they entered a new cycle of rearming. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Warsaw Pact forces faced each other across Central Europe. Today, a mere ten years later, there is no Soviet Union or Warsaw Pact. Former Soviet allies are clamoring to enter NATO and Russia's military is a literally a shadow of its former self. Table 1 summarizes a dramatic evolution in the traditional indicators of Soviet/Russian military power. Standing capabilities such as troops and tanks are less than one-third former levels. Weapons production hovers at 1% of the rates. And most significantly, there are no Russian forces in Eastern Europe.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *USSR, *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *TRANSFER, WEAPONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, NATO, DEPLOYMENT, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, PRODUCTION, MILITARY DOCTRINE, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, MILITARY EQUIPMENT, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, COLD WAR, PATTERNS, MILITARY EXERCISES, MILITARY TRAINING, WARSAW PACT COUNTRIES, INDICATORS, DEFENSE PLANNING, MILITARY BUDGETS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, EASTERN EUROPE, EVOLUTION(DEVELOPMENT), POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS, CENTRAL EUROPE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE