|the establishment of a secure and stable balance of conventional forces at lower levels;|
|the elimination of disparities prejudicial to stability and security;|
|the elimination, as a matter of high priority, or the capability for launching surprise attack and for initiating large-scale offensive action.|
|the present concentration of forces in the area from the Atlantic to the Urals is the highest ever known in peacetime and represents the greatest destructive potential ever assembled. Overall levels of forces, particularly those relevant to surprise attack and offensive action such as tanks, artillery and armored troop carriers, must therefore be radically reduced. It is the substantial disparity in the numbers of these systems, all capable of rapid mobility and high firepower, which most threatens stability in Europe. These systems are also central to the seizing and holding of territory, the prime aim of any aggressor;|
|no one country should be permitted to dominate Europe by force of arms: no participant should therefore possess more than a fixed proportion of the total holdings|
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Publication information: Book title: On Disarmament:The Role of Conventional Arms Control in National Security Strategy. Contributors: Ralph A. Hallenbeck - Editor, David E. Shaver - Editor, William F. Burns - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1991. Page number: 193.