This book, first published in 1989, analyses Western and Soviet perceptions of each other’s military thoughts and doctrines, a key part of the Cold War, where both sides planned to both win a possible conflict, and to avoid one. The work demonstrates that both East and West made judgments about each other’s military profile on the basis of political preconceptions.
Table of Contents
1. Doctrine, Images and the East-West Military Relationship Gregory Flynn Part 1. Perceptions and Strategic Assessment in East and West 2. Western Perceptions of Soviet Strategic Thought and Doctrine Peter Vigor 3. Western Perceptions of Soviet Military Power and its Political Utility toward Western Europe Falk Bomsdorf 4. Soviet Perceptions of Western Strategic Thought and Doctrine Raymond Garthoff Part 2. Implications for Western Policy 5. East-West Arms Control and Soviet Military Doctrine Douglas Hart and Barry Blechman 6. The Influence of Soviet Military Doctrine on Western Strategy Lawrence Martin