Admiral of the fleet of the Soviet Union, Sergi G. Gorshkov: an operational code and thematic analysis
Cramer, Michael William
Laurance, E. J.
Daniel, Donald C.
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PURPOSE: This thesis explores the utility and relevance of employing the operational code construct on a contemporary military figure, Admiral Sergei Groshkov. Due to his demonstrated ability, unprecedented tenure, and political base, Gorshkov has assumed the position as preeminent spokesman for Soviet sea power. Content analysis of 113 of Gorshkov's public statements (July 1955 to July 1974) forms the basis for his operational code. This code provides rare insight into the Admiral's decision-making process. It also serves as a tool for forecasting Gorshkov's future actions. FINDINGS: 1. Admiral Gorshkov views the political arena to exist in intense conflict. He perceives the US and its Navy as the prime cause of world unrest. 2. Gorshkov is confident of the expansion of communism and Soviet sea power. 3. He believes in "salami-slicing" and multiple-solution techniques in pursuing goals. He is an inveterate planner and technical innovator. 4. Gorshkov advocates balanced, integrated sea power to achieve sea control. 5. The international mission of the Soviet Navy will expand. 6. The Admiral contends that strategic deterrence can be assured best by nuclear submarines armed with multipurpose missiles. 7. Admiral Gorshkov's views have been consistent over time and leadership.
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