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  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


The preoccupation with ‘essential equivalence’ in the US was a consequence of anxiety, in the face of a sustained Soviet build-up, over the real state of the strategic balance, compounded by continual negotiations in SALT to find a formula to express that balance in a mutually satisfactory manner. It was a concept which members of Congress and diplomats could readily understand, though they may have found the details unduly complicated. It was not, however, a concept which naturally appealed to the community of professional strategists.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Defence StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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