Some of the greatest intelligence achievements during the Cold War came from deep, penetrating knowledge of our adversary. The United States’ in-depth studies of the Soviet Union were so pervasive they became known as Sovietology. The Department of Defense (DOD) was focused on understanding all aspects of Soviet capability. Increases in maritime strength, massive shipbuilding efforts, and advances in technology made the Soviet Navy a challenger to U.S. naval supremacy and were the impetus for decades of study on Soviet maritime strategy.1
Know Tomorrow's Adversary
Photo caption: Understanding potential adversaries is key to successfully deterring or winning wars.
By Commander Heather Bothwell, U.S. Navy Reserve