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Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces
Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces
Edited by Pavel Podvig
MIT Press, 2001, 693 pp

This translated volume, first published in Russia in 1998, reflects the work of a new generation of scientifically adept Russian policy analysts. Like the large volumes by the National Resources Defense Council on nuclear stockpiles, this work is filled with detailed information on everything from the composition of the oxidizer in R-12 missiles (and their launch readiness) to the deployment of nuclear submarines to the organization of Russian nuclear forces. In 1999, the secret police confiscated the available Russian hard copies and the computer disks -- but not in time to deprive readers in the English-speaking world of a valuable reference work.