Naval War College Review


James L. George


There is a nascent awareness that naval arms control, an agenda item which has simmered below the surface for many years, might soon become a major issue. In a speech delivered in August 1988, Admiral Carlisle Trost, chief of naval operations at the time, commented on "the well­ orchestrated campaign of Soviet naval arms control proposals." As he noted, while "the proposals are not new...what is new is the frequency of their appearance and the apparent willingness of many well-meaning but naive audiences to accept the Soviet declarations at face value."1