Men & Technology in Today's Soviet Navy
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Demographic, economic, and ethnic problems have reduced the quality of Soviet Naval personnel. Frictions between Soviet Navy and defense industry have contributed to increasingly poor reliability of naval platforms and weapons. The logical solution is to reduce the size of the Soviet Navy. Mikhail Gorbachev has proclaimed a new military doctrine of reliance on high quality military manpower, military hardware and military science instead of their quantity. This doctrine is of great importance to the Soviet navy, which is experiencing serious problems with the quality of its men and hardware in the aftermath of the great quantitative (as well as qualitative) expansion of the 1960s-1980s
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