By Derek Leebaert, Timothy Dickinson
The Soviet Union continues to be a superpower with worldwide defense pursuits and goals. The doctrines, practices and functions of its nonetheless bold military are shaping global politics simply whilst that the way forward for the rustic that created them is doubtful. this can be the 1st publication to research the exceptional adjustments, in addition to the troubling continuities, that represent Soviet army considering in the course of the early Nineties. The authors, a gaggle of best analysts within the usa nationwide defense group, confront the variety of Soviet army strengths, together with intercontinental nuclear strength, traditional flooring and naval forces, and detailed operations. They handle questions of Soviet guns study and improvement, army making plans and coverage making, and the position of civilian critics on Soviet army targets. different chapters discover the purple Army's erosion in jap Europe in addition to the teachings of Afghanistan.