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Military Strategy

Military strategy is the most important component of military art. The study of strategy was an important part of Soviet military life, and all services of the Soviet armed forces followed the same military strategy. Strategists investigated the nature of war and its conduct, as well as the conduct of strategic operations. They defined the missions of the armed forces and specified the resources needed to accomplish them. Soviet strategists also studied the capabilities and strategies of probable adversaries and devise measures to counter them. Military strategy and military science supplied policy makers with the results of militaryscientific research on the best methods for attaining a war's objectives. At the same time, the recommendations of military strategy and military science helped shape military doctrine, the principles of which then guided strategy in the conduct of war.

Data as of May 1989