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The Soviet View of U.S. Strategic Doctrine

The Soviet View of U.S. Strategic Doctrine

By Jonathan Samuel Lockwood

Transaction Books (for the National Strategy Information Center), 1983, 175 pp.

One does not have to agree with all the arguments and conclusions of this volume to recognize the service it performs by its careful summary and analysis of the large body of Soviet writing on U.S. doctrine from 1954 ("massive retaliation") to 1980 ("countervailing strategy"). The author, an American military intelligence officer, rightly stresses the heavy influence of their own cast of strategic thought-especially the concept of the changing correlation of forces resulting from the U.S.S.R.'s own military buildup-on the Soviets' interpretation of U.S. strategy and defense policy.