By Bryan Ranft, Geoffrey Till
A assessment of the Soviet army via maritime experts putting it in its family and overseas context assessing its current and destiny roles through taking a look at its ships, submarines, airplane, its routines and styles of deployment and by way of examining the Soviet Navy's personal writings.
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Within the last thirty years this great gulf has largely been filled. The Soviet Union has overcome what seemed an insuperable handicap and now possesses a maritime strength which although not equal to that of the United States and its allies, is sufficient to present an effective challenge to that ability to use the seas in peace and war, which they see as essential to survival. To understand how this increase in maritime strength has come about and its possible future development, it is necessary to look more closely at the political and economic framework within which it has grown.
His appointment was seen as a sign of Brezhnev's determination not to allow any military obstruction to his hopes for detente and arms control agreements with the United States, but it certainly did not indicate any fundamental lack of support for the armed forces. 25 Like most of the senior leadership, Brezhnev appears to have relished his military experience in the Great Patriotic War. It may well be that, in view of the armed forces' remarkable adjustment to new technology, in contrast to the backwardness in civil industry which he denounced at the Twentysixth Party Congress in 1981, he found himself in considerable sympathy with the military leadership.
An equally potent obstacle has been the inertial pressures of the vast bureaucracy, necessary to the operation of the system, determined to keep things as they are. Just as attempts at economic reform are imprisoned in this web, so it is possible that any moves to shift resources from defence to consumer industries would be similarly prevented by the leadership's ideologically based view of the primacy of military power and the deeply embedded position of the armed forces and the industries which serve them.
The Sea in Soviet Strategy by Bryan Ranft, Geoffrey Till