Naval War College Review


J.S. Breemer


Some years ago then Secretary of Defense Schlesinger paraphrased Winston Churchill's oft­cited characterization of the Soviet Union to describe the Soviet Fleet "as u force, ... that is to some degree a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma," 1 In an effort to unravel the "riddle" of the Soviet Fleet, Western analysts have, over the past 15 years or so, evolved a structure of related concepts and propositions that have lent a sense of coherence and meaning to the evolving role of the Soviet Navy.