The World: That Alarming Soviet Buildup

In boasting of gains achieved by the Soviet Union in recent years, speakers at the 25th Communist Party Congress last week almost totally ignored one impressive area of advancement: military strength. Whenever it has come to a choice between swords and plowshares, Moscow has seldom hesitated. Swords it has been. Neither bad harvests, shortages of consumer goods nor the spirit of detente with the West has braked the Soviet military buildup. In the past decade, Moscow has so expanded its forces that most defense analysts around the world agree that the U.S. is...

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