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dc.contributor.authorNicholson, Arthur Donald
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-16T21:01:57Z
dc.date.available2012-11-16T21:01:57Z
dc.date.issued1980-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/19060
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe strategic relationship which exists between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. is an important consideration in charting the course of international relations in the remainder of this century. To understand the nature of this relationship, especially as it evolves in the SALT era, one must understand three fundamental realities of Soviet strategic policy. First, the interests of the Soviet Union, and the means selected in pursuit oi those interests, are conditioned by an experience which is unique to Soviet Russia. This experience lacks sufficient commonality with that of the United States to serve as a basis for mutual cooperation and accommodation. Second, developments in the Soviet nuclear arsenal are designed to secure a position of strategic dominance from which Soviet influence can be exercised with relative impunity. Third, the Soviet view of nuclear war differs radically from that of the United States. Soviet strategic doctrine represents a realistic military approach to the problem of nuclear war, and consists of a set of war fighting guidelines which capitalize on the key principles of surprise, early seizure of the strategic initiative, and decisive use of nuclear weapons. This research, completed in June 1979, examines each of these three issues.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/sovietunionstrat00nich
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleThe Soviet Union and strategic nuclear war.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorSoviet Unionen_US
dc.subject.authorstrategic nuclear doctrineen_US
dc.subject.authornuclear warfareen_US
dc.subject.authornuclear weaponsen_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A. in National Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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