Accession Number : ADB026015

Title :   The Problem of Soviet Vulnerabilities

Descriptive Note : Special rept.

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE

Personal Author(s) : Clayberg, Richard P

PDF Url : ADB026015

Report Date : 30 Dec 1977

Pagination or Media Count : 189

Abstract : This study is apparently the first-known attempt to examine the vulnerabilities of the Soviet Union on an across-the-board basis. Commencing with an examination of the nature of vulnerability itself, it then takes a specific look in succession at Soviet ideology, domestic and foreign affairs, geography, the military, and the economy. In each of these chapters there is a brief discussion of those more salient characteristics which give rise to areas seen as subject to outside exploitation; a substantial description, explanation, and evaluation of the more important vulnerabilities; and--where feasible-- construction of patterns of vulnerability, i.e., where separate, exploitable weaknesses can be seen to combine into related, even synergistic, groups. The study concludes with a number of specific, practical suggestions as to what US policy makers might do to make best use of the Soviet vulnerabilities described. Because of the sheer enormity of the overall task of searching out, identifying, and preparing to exploit the vulnerabilities of the Soviet system, this study makes no pretense of being definitive. Instead it is aimed at sensitizing those who should be concerned as to what can and should be done about the matter.

Descriptors :   *POLITICAL SCIENCE, AGREEMENTS, BALANCE OF POWER, COMMUNISM, EAST WEST RELATIONS, ECONOMICS, FOREIGN POLICY, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MILITARY STRATEGY, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, USSR, VULNERABILITY

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE