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The Conventional Defense of Europe: New Technologies and New Strategies
The Conventional Defense of Europe: New Technologies and New Strategies
Edited by Andrew J. Pierre
Council on Foreign Relations, 1986, 185 pp.

This timely and highly useful book presents a range of assessments of the possible effects of new strategic concepts and new armaments like airborne sensors and guided munitions in improving NATO's position vis-à-vis the Warsaw Pact. Of the authors, all of high competence, Andrew J. Pierre and Sir Hugh Beach take what appears to be the realistic view that the new technology will be worthwhile but probably not decisive, because of cost, more pressing priorities like building ammunition stocks, and Soviet and Warsaw Pact counteraction.