This book is the effort of experts brought together by the Atlantic Council to analyze the capabilities of the Western Alliance to defend sea lines of communication under various conditions of peace, tension, and war. It reviews the way in which Soviet naval forces have been used in the Alliance.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- Working Group on Securing the Seas -- Summary of Policy Conclusions and Recommendations -- Introduction -- Soviet Naval Evolution -- The Soviet Fleet Today -- Allocation of Soviet Naval Forces -- Western Maritime Interests -- Implications of Soviet Maritime Capabilities -- Evolution of the U.S. Navy -- Allocation of U.S. and Allied Naval Forces -- Comparative Force Levels, Merchant Marines, and Overseas Bases -- Comparative Alliance Naval Capabilities -- Projected Alliance Technology and Force Requirements -- Anticipated Constraints on the U.S. Navy Budget -- Quantifying the Sealane Defense Problem -- Overall Assessment of Naval/Maritime Balance -- Findings and Recommendations -- Additional Views -- Soviet Ship Characteristics, Armament, and System Purpose
Paul H. Nitze, Leonard Sullivan