The efforts of the Soviet Union since the mid-1950s to develop naval power have produced one of the strongest navies in the world, but this achievement has not been without serious costs. The construction of increasingly complex submarines, ships, and aircraft has required greater investment of resources and manpower. This volume addresses whether the Soviet Union will continue naval expansion and what directions technological development will take in the future. In particular, the contributors consider trends in submarine, aircraft carrier, and surface combatant systems and examine what implications these developments have for U.S. defense planning over the next two decades.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Future Trends in Soviet Submarine Development -- A Carrier for the Soviet Navy -- Soviet Surface Combatant Development and Operations in the 1980s and 1990s1 -- Small Soviet Naval Combatants: Past, Present, and Future -- Soviet Amphibious Forces and Operations -- Soviet Naval Mine Warfare Forces -- The Evolution of Soviet Naval Strategy -- Appendix
Bruce W. Watson, director of publications at the Defense Intelligence College, is the author of <i>Red Navy at Sea</i> (Westview, 1982) and <i>The Soviet Navy</i> (Westview, 1986). Peter M. Dunn, foremerly assistant provost for research at the Defense Intelligence College, is commander of the U.S. Air Force ROTC detachment at the University of Missouri. He is the coeditor (with Bruce W. Watson) of <i>The Military Lessons of the Falkland</i> <i>Islands War</i> (Westview, 1984) and of <i>American Intervention in Grenada</i> (Westview, 1985).