Soviet Doctrine from Brezhnev to Gorbachev

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


The American debate at the start of the decade was over what might be read into the offensive character of Soviet military doctrine. Analysis suggested that Soviet strategy in a major European war would involve a conventional stage, during which one of the priority tasks for conventional forces would be to attack and destroy as much of NATO’s nuclear assets as possible, followed by nuclear strikes to remove surviving nuclear assets and then destroy major sources of conventional strength; and then lastly a mopping-up stage when conventional forces would remove remaining sources of resistance and occupy enemy territory.

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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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