Naval War College Review


Charles L. Fox


Introduction. During the past two decades Warsaw Pact weapons modernization and increasing force levels have created significant numerical asymmetries in conventional forces in the central region of NATO. This situation is magnified by a three dimensional quality/quantity relationship. First, with the emergence of U.S.-Soviet strategic "parity," it has ceased to be credible to bank on the threat of nuclear weapons to provide an ultimate offset to any ground force advantages the Pact might accrue.