The Soviet Union and SALT

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The Soviet Union and SALT

By Samuel Burton Payne, Jr.
MIT Press, 1980
152 pp. $19.95
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Based on extensive use of Soviet materials, this work compares favorably with Thomas Wolfe's recently published The SALT Experience. The author makes a distinction between two groups in the Soviet defense establishment: the "militarists" and the "arms controllers." He describes their differing perspectives and priorities on nuclear strategy and on negotiated restraints; yet both groups, he maintains, seek to advance Soviet goals through the accretion of military power. This is an intelligent, balanced work.