By Bryan Ranft, Geoffrey Till
A assessment of the Soviet army through maritime experts putting it in its household and foreign context assessing its current and destiny roles by means of taking a look at its ships, submarines, airplane, its routines and styles of deployment and through studying the Soviet Navy's personal writings.
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The numerical strength, combat experience and equipment of the victors in the greatest maritime war of all time were perceived as a strong threat to Russia's security, especially when they achieved a nuclear capability. In comparison the Soviet Navy was numerically small, except in submarines, technically backward and had played only a minor role in the Great Patriotic War. 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.
It would seem that his authority has been based not only on such bureaucratic skills as installing his proteges in key appointments, but also by identifying as his own, policies which have been accepted by all the major interest groups, including the military, as holding out hopes for the future without threatening the stability of the system -a tactic which finally made Khruschev unacceptable. 8 His internal policies have been characterised by an abandonment of utopian visions and a concentration on measures designed to further gradual and continuous economic development and improvement in the standard of living based on science and technology, and accompanied by similar advances in education and culture.
Today these conflicts have been largely resolved in ways which establish the supremacy of the military professional, but tensions still persist which must have some impact in the workings of the Soviet Navy. The main controversy centres around the concept of 'one-man command' and, while both operational and political officers accept that this is essential for military efficiency, they differ in their interpretation of what it means in practice. The military professional sees it in simple terms and expects the unit's political officer to accept his The Framework 25 ultimate authority and act as his subordinate in maintaining the unit's morale, efficiency and combat readiness.
The Sea in Soviet Strategy by Bryan Ranft, Geoffrey Till