Naval War College Review


To many Western analysts, one of the most significant and long, term effects of the United States-Soviet confrontation in the Caribbean during the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis was on the Soviet Navy and its subsequent expansion in terms of capability and in scope of operations. According to this argument. the Soviet "leadership," seeing its policies outflanked and overrun because of its maritime inferiority vis-a-vis the United States, embarked on a deliberate plan to develop and to procure a naval force capable of both supporting foreign policy objectives and protecting "state interests" almost anywhere on the world's oceans.