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Soviet Strategic Forces
Soviet Strategic Forces
By Robert P. Berman and John C. Baker
Brookings, 1982, 171 pp.

This carefully reasoned study of the postwar development of Soviet strategic forces makes clear that Moscow's planning is based only in part on the basic geographical and political situation of the U.S.S.R. Also a key factor in these calculations is how to respond to strategic developments in the United States and the countries adjoining the U.S.S.R. The authors contend that the Soviet Union is now facing critical decisions on its strategic posture for the rest of the century. Accordingly, as the United States plans new systems such as MX, Trident II, Stealth, and air-launched cruise missiles, it should take careful account of the likely Soviet response. Less attention is given to the question of how American programs are conceived as a response to Soviet deployments.