Understanding the Soviet military threat

how CIA estimates went astray
  • 73 Pages
  • 2.75 MB
  • English
National Strategy Information Center , New York
United States. Central Intelligence Agency., Soviet Union -- Military policy., Soviet Union -- Armed Fo



StatementWilliam T. Lee ; [with a foreword by Eugene V. Rostow].
SeriesAgenda paper - National Strategy Information Center ; no. 6, Agenda paper (National Strategy Information Center) ;, no. 6.
LC ClassificationsUA770 .L39
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 73 p. :
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4560611M
LC Control Number77071493

This book is now dated as it describes the Soviet army but still has relevance today particularly in cutting through the hype surrounding military technology and in letting the reader understand just how modern Russian forces operate and how Western military procurement Cited by: Understanding the Soviet threat: the necessity of analyzing Soviet military thought and actions from a Soviet perspective.

by Tittle, Matthew Deane.;Tsypkin, : Despite the title the book is actually more about how the perception of the threat was arrived at, with a major theme being that the true threat was being greatly exaggerated, both in terms of Soviet intentions and their capability/5.

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by Terry B. O’Rourke. A review of The Threat: Inside the Soviet Military Machine, by Andrew Cockburn and Inside the Soviet Army, by Viktor Suvorov and The Grand Strategy of the Soviet Union, by Edward N. Luttwak. In evaluating the Soviet military threat, it is important to remember an old and wise diplomatic saying: "Russia is never as strong as she looks.

Calhoun: The NPS Institutional Archive Theses and Dissertations Thesis Collection Understanding the Soviet threat: the necessity of analyzing Soviet military thought and actions from a.

This book analyzes the evolution of Russian military thought and how Russia's current thinking about war is reflected in recent crises.

While other books describe current Russian practice, Oscar Jonsson provides the long view to show how Russian military strategic thinking has developed from the Bolshevik Revolution to the present.

If you know of an imminent threat to a location inside the U.S., immediately contact your local law enforcement or FBI Field Office. For threats outside the U.S., contact CIA or go to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate and Understanding the Soviet military threat book for the information to be passed to a U.S.

official. Please know, CIA does not engage in law enforcement. The Christian Science Monitor is an international news organization that delivers thoughtful, global coverage via its website, weekly magazine, online daily edition, and email newsletters.

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Written as a training tool for U.S. forces, this new reference guide examines the historical and operational foundations of Soviet-derived military forces and gives insight into understanding the specific challenges U.S.

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Russia has a range of tools and methods short of conventional war that it can use to achieve its goals in Europe. There is no way to predict what Russia will do, but it's possible to analyze its motives and opportunities, the means it might employ, and how the United States should respond.

Strategic intelligence User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict. This collection of 49 original essays edited by Johnson (political science, Univ. of Georgia) focuses mostly on how the 16 major U.S.

intelligence agencies operate in the current dangerous environment. MILITARY OPERATIONS The Soviet threat facing Western Europe is a matter both of the numbers and equipment of Warsaw Pact forces, and of Soviet strategy for employing those forces. The main non-nu-clear threat comes from the continental forces of the Warsaw Pact, concentrated in Central.

Additional Physical Format: Online version: Lee, William Thomas, Understanding the Soviet military threat. New York: National Strategy Information Center, © When you know that Soviet troops get lost on maneuvers in Eastern Europe because they can't read the road signs, the Soviet military bear looks less threatening.

The fact that Russia employs a different alphabet is only one of many problems that writer and documentary-filmmaker Cockburn exposes. Soviet soldiers, mostly conscripts, are housed in open dormitory-type barracks (where each has.

Despite deep-seated mistrust and hostility between the Soviet Union and the Western democracies, Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union in June created an instant alliance between the Soviets and the two greatest powers in what the Soviet leaders had long called the "imperialist camp": Britain and the United States.

But the supposed military threat was wholly implausible. Had the Russians, devastated by the war, invaded the west, they would have had a desperate battle to reach the Channel coast.

The Soviet threat was described in great detail in the 80s with the FM series. The three-volume set was the definitive source of unclassifed information on Soviet ground. forces and the Soviet model of combined arms warfare.

Used together, the series provided a thorough reference on the Soviet Army. The theme is that the Soviet threat was exaggerated as a way to justify spending on new toys for the U.S.

military. Many of his examples have an interest in their own right, but his attitude is cynical and arrogant, so that he overstates his case. One of the great surprises in modern military history is the collapse of the Soviet Armed Forces in —along with the party-state with which it was inextricably intertwined.

In this important book, a distinguished United States Army officer and scholar traces the rise and fall of the Soviet military, arguing that it had a far greater impact on Soviet politics and economic development than was perceived in the West.

The War Scare, including the Soviet proclamations about fear of war, military reactions to NATO exercises, and introduction of a KGB program named “Nuclear Missile Attack,” which required intelligence agents’ to make their “main objective” reporting on Western plans for a first strike, should therefore be a topic of concern and.

The book is uneven. It contains long, dull stretches of interest only to the specialist, in which Suvorov describes the structure of the Soviet high command, the military district system, and the rivalries among the various Soviet military services.

Accordingly, any Soviet first use in Europe seems more likely to be triggered by fear than greed. One can easily agree with Mr.

Pipes that it is necessary to measure the need for military strength against the military threat rather than against competing domestic needs.

This book presents an overview of all the Warsaw Pact armed forces as well as a section on Soviet strategy, a model land campaign which the Soviet Union could have conducted against NATO, a section on vehicles, weapons and aircraft, and a full-color section on the uniforms, nations badges and rank-insignia of all the nations of the Warsaw Pact.

The mobilization of Soviet forces in response to Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union on Jbrought greater focus on the compilation of topographic material in support of military operations but also provided an opportunity to advance the longer-term Soviet objective of achieving global communism.

Understanding how the Soviet Union envisioned the next combat situation required in-depth knowledge of both their high-level theory of warfare and probable tactical behavior.

The collection will provide new insight into the Agency's analysis of the evolving Soviet Navy and its military posture during the Cold War. View the Collection Booklet. ): John S. Duffield, "The Soviet Military Threat to Western Europe: US Estimates in the s and s," Journal of Strategic Studies 15 (June ):does not make such specific charges but does wonder if Western military officials purposely overestimated the size of the Soviet.

A quick story Antoine Henri Jomini was a Swiss military strategist who as a young officer studied the campaigns of Frederick the Great and Napoleon.

Jomini wrote a book describing the principles of war, called A Treatise on Grand Military Operations, and went looking for a professional army to join. He first applied to join the French army. It is no coincidence that much of the early preoccupation with the potential Soviet threat after the end of World War II centered on the remaining Soviet presence in Iran.

The Soviet Buildup For 20 years, the Soviet Union has been accumulating enormous military might.

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They didn't stop when their forces exceeded all requirements of a. Islamic operatives of influence I find in my opinion, far more cohesive, dangerous and penetrating, than soviet style propaganda, with the use of the selective information, marketing a peaceful mantra to numb the mind like a opioid drug and the organizations to present a professional face, denying and hiding the goal of subversive activity and the harnessing of our youth.

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