Recent discussions of the roles and missions of the Soviet Navy have been marked by wide differences of opinion. Briefly, one of the two main schools of thought maintains that the Soviet Navy has been built as a reaction to Western naval dominance and as a reaction to the deployment of strategic weapons in submarines. The other school of thought ascribes the more traditional Mahanian concepts to the Soviet Navy.
Hynes, William R.
"The Role of the Kiev in Soviet Naval Operations,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 29
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol29/iss4/6