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East European Military Establishments: The Warsaw Pact Northern Tier
East European Military Establishments: The Warsaw Pact Northern Tier
By A. Ross Johnson, Robert W. Dean and Alexander Alexiev
RAND, 1980, 205 pp

This Rand study consists mainly of in-depth chapters on the military establishments of Poland, the German Democratic Republic, and Czechoslovakia. Addressing the central question of the "reliability" of these forces, the authors suggest that it might be quite high in a "lightning war" that left little time for consultation and preparation; "coalition warfare," on the other hand, would be difficult and could expose the many vulnerabilities within the Warsaw Pact.