The appearance in 1976 of Admiral Gorshkov's book Sea Power of the State revived the question of whether the views of the Soviet Commander in Chief were a statement of doctrine or not. At the time of the publication of the Gorshkov series of articles in 1972-3, many Western commentators, relying heavily on their "feel" for the authoritativeness with which Gorshkov wrote, concluded that the series was part of a factional debate. Later, these same commentators argued that the book was a doctrinal confirmation of the views expressed in the series. The issue is not merely semantic, In Soviet military literature, doctrine holds a unique place. Military doctrine is at the apex of all military thinking and writing.
"The Doctrinal Legitimacy of Gorshkov's Writings,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 32
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol32/iss2/4