Accession Number : ADB082799

Title :   Soviet Naval Mission Assignments. Part 3. Appendices A-J. A Protracted Withholding Role for Soviet SSBNs?

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 77-Jan 80,


Personal Author(s) : Herrick,R. W.

Report Date : 15 JAN 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 323

Abstract : This study is the third in a series of seven addressing the question of whether or not the USSR presently has a strategy of withholding a significant part of its SSBN force to influence the course and outcome of any general nuclear war that continues beyond the initial nuclear exchange. A preliminary review of the potentially relevant statements of naval, military, and political leaders over the 25-year period from January 1955 to January 1980 covered in this study made it apparent that if the evidence to answer the question regarding protracted SSBN withholding was contained at all in the outpouring of the Soviet media, it was well buried and would require research and analysis. Accordingly, a three-part analysis was designed: 1) All of the most promising statements of potential relevance would be extracted, categorized by subject matter, and provided in appendices; 2) The data was based on a combination of the Soviet Communist Party's Congresses, which occur at 5-year intervals and are the occasion for promulgating the new 5-year economic plans; and 3) A final summary would examine each of the data-sets across the entire quarter of a century to guard against the possibility that the methodology employed of examining the data in three separate chronological chunks had not introduced any significant errors or obscured any important relationships between like data in different services. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Strategic warfare, *Ballistic missile submarines, *USSR, *Naval operations, Military doctrine, Nuclear warfare, Military strategy, Mission profiles, Literature surveys, Military publications, Decision making, Fleet ballistic missiles

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Naval Surface Warfare
      Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE