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.

chapter 1|27 pages


chapter 2|26 pages

Soviet Naval Evolution

chapter 3|26 pages

The Soviet Fleet Today

chapter 4|36 pages

Allocation of Soviet Naval Forces

chapter 5|28 pages

Western Maritime Interests

chapter 7|21 pages

Evolution of the U.S. Navy

chapter 8|34 pages

Allocation of U.S. and Allied Naval Forces

chapter 10|43 pages

Comparative Alliance Naval Capabilities

chapter 13|46 pages

Quantifying the Sealane Defense Problem

chapter 14|27 pages

Overall Assessment of Naval/Maritime Balance

chapter 15|32 pages

Findings and Recommendations

chapter 16|10 pages

Additional Views