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Measuring Military Power: The Soviet Air Threat to Europe
By Joshua M. Epstein
Princeton University Press, 1984, 288 pp.
Assumptions about the military balance in Europe are usually based upon an enumeration of static peacetime inventories-"bean counting"-rather than an evaluation of wartime effectiveness. This outstanding book takes a single, though important, element of the Soviet threat-tactical air power-and analyzes its effectiveness through dynamic indicators such as combat skill, efficiency in support functions, tactical decision-making and other "acts of war." Epstein's work is not for the general reader, but it should be of immense interest to defense analysts and professionals. In this path-breaking study, they will find an intelligent and rigorous way of measuring military power based on outputs (performance) rather than the conventional inputs (numbers of tanks, planes, etc.).
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