The People, the Army, the Commander (A Soviet View)

In This Review

The People, the Army, the Commander (A Soviet View)

By Colonel M. P. Skirdo
Voyenizdat/U.S. Air Force, 1978
166 pp.
Purchase

Nominally another volume on Marxism-Leninism written for Soviet military officers, this book is instructive on several levels. On one level it reemphasizes already familiar aspects of Soviet military doctrine: nuclear war is possible as long as imperialism exists; the principal threats to peace are the U.S. and West Germany; the Soviet objective in a thermonuclear war is victory; and the role of the civilian population is decisive. On another level it comments on current foreign policy issues, rejecting both "left" revisionism (PRC) and "right" revisionism (Eurocommunism). On a third level the book examines the characteristics and contributions of great military leaders, reflecting a growing Soviet dilemma in choosing between a doctrine of troop control, centralization and discipline, and the desire to develop commanders who have imagination, creativity, and a propensity for risk-taking on the battlefield.

More Reviews on Military, Scientific, and Technological From This Issue

Browse All Capsule Reviews

Related Articles

This site uses cookies to improve your user experience. Click here to learn more.

Continue