How to deal with the gradual movement toward detente in Europe has been one of the most troublesome problems facing East German leaders in recent years. Few areas exist where concern over problems associated with a relaxation of tensions has been more apparent than in the SED's (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands or Socialist Unity Party) handling of the NVA (Nationale Volksarmee or National People's Army).
Herspring, Dale R.
"The Effect of Détente on Professionalism and Political Control in the East German Army,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 29
, Article 3.
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