In This Review

The Soviet Union and SALT
The Soviet Union and SALT
By Samuel Burton Payne, Jr.
MIT Press, 1980, 152 pp

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.