A Cardboard Castle? An Inside History of the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991

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Document No. 14: Secret PCC Resolution on Restructuring and
Modernization of Warsaw Pact Forces, March 29, 1961
This PCC resolution, which came from the same meeting at which the Albanian crisis was discussed, reveals some of the effects of the Berlin crisis. The two emergencies hap- pened at the same time but there was no causal connection. The resolution calls for restructuring and modernizing Warsaw Pact forces over the next five years, 1961–1965. It also recommends, among other steps, improving the ability of member-states to mobi- lize their economies for military production in time of war. The purpose of the reso- lution appears to be to prepare Warsaw Pact members, as the Berlin crisis continued to deteriorate, for the possibility of an armed conflict."…"Having heard and discussed the question of specialization of military production in the Warsaw Pact states, and of the mutual supply of military equipment, the Political Consultative Committee notes that in the period since the May "1958" meeting of representatives of communist and workers' parties of socialist countries, some work has been done to develop specialization and cooperation in the production of military equipment, as a result of which serial production of certain types of classic military equipment has been organized in some countries.However, up till now some countries have been producing the same types of military equipment in small quantities, and this does not facilitate lowering the material costs of producing it.There are cases of violations of contractual obligations concerning the mutual supply of military equipment between countries, and this effectively hinders specialization and cooperation in the production of military equipment.Taking into consideration the necessity of further developing specialization and cooperation in Warsaw Pact military production as a rational method, which creates opportunities for increasing output of military equipment using existing capacities, the Political Consultative Committee resolves:
To approve, as a basis, draft proposals on the volume of production and mutual supply of military equipment for the period 1962–1965. "The drafts would be" prepared with consideration for the requirements stated by the Unified Command and examined during the Comecon9 session on the defense industry, on March 17, 1961, in Moscow, with the participation of representatives of the State Planning Committees and General Staffs of the member-states of the Warsaw Treaty.
To instruct the State Planning Committees and Ministries of Defense of the Warsaw Pact states, with the participation of the Unified Command of the

9 Officially, the Council on Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA).

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