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dc.contributor.advisorValenta, Jiri
dc.contributor.authorMcConnell, Robert B.
dc.dateJune 1978
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-15T23:30:44Z
dc.date.available2013-02-15T23:30:44Z
dc.date.issued1978-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/28072
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited
dc.description.abstractThe Soviet Union has, historically, always maintained a large standing army, primarily for defensive purposes. However, after World War II and with the advent of nuclear weapons, the Soviet Armed Forces have undergone tremendous change. This paper traces the changes in Soviet attitudes towards conventional military force since World War II and attempts to illustrate the role of conventional force in Soviet foreign policy. Postwar Soviet military development is traced through four distinct phases: 1945-1953 was a period in which the Soviet military was generally a continental land army; 1954-1959 saw the introduction of nuclear weapons but little or no change in strategy and doctrine; the period 1960-1967 saw the birth of the Strategic Rocket Forces and primary emphasis on nuclear warfare; and since 1968 the Soviets have been developing both a strong nuclear capability as well as a modern conventional force capable of global deployment. In addition to historical surveys of the phases in military development, detailed analyses are presented of the Soviet military interventions in Hungary (1956) and Czechoslovakia (1968) as well as Soviet military support of the MPLA in Angola (1974-1975).
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/conventionalmili00mcco
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: U.S. 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.
dc.titleConventional military force and Soviet foreign policy.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorconventional military force
dc.subject.authorSoviet foreign policy
dc.subject.authorSoviet military intervention
dc.subject.authorHungary, 1956
dc.subject.authorCzechoslovakia, 1968
dc.subject.authorAngola, 1974-75
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force
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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