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

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Document No. 107: Warsaw Pact Information
concerning Improvements in NATO Military Technology,
November 11, 1985

This East German document, prepared for a session of that country's National Defense Council, provides information on the latest improvements in NATO's military tech- nology. It argues that NATO is aiming to achieve superiority in that area, and then, interestingly, specifies the equipment and new conventional weapons systems the Warsaw Pact considers critical. At the time, the Western alliance was stepping up the intro- duction of so-called "smart" munitions and technically superior tracking systems, such as AWACS reconnaissance aircraft.

Achieving technical superiority is regarded by the U.S. and NATO as the best way to alter the present strategic balance of forces, in order to attain military superiority over the USSR and other states of the Warsaw Treaty.

"…"

The new combat technology that is being introduced in all parts of the armed forces will be followed in the coming years by new types of ammunition and modern command, targeting, reconnaissance and interference technology.

These improvements will qualitatively increase the effectiveness of the new combat technology in action.

The introduction of modern command technology and the improvement of automated command and information systems will increase the resilience and flexibility of commanding troops, even in complicated situations, and shorten the command processes to a half or a quarter of the time presently needed. The connections of the command process will at the same time be linked to automated data analysis and presentation systems, and to locating systems capable in some cases of identifying targets down to the lowest level.

The new reconnaissance and locating systems are designed to work reliably under all weather conditions and permit reconnaissance deep within the territory of the Warsaw Treaty states without having to actually penetrate it. For instance, they make it possible to carry out multiple surveillance of the lines of communication and airspace of the GDR. In connection with automated recording and targeting methods, they make it possible to locate, follow and identify hundreds of targets, including moveable land targets in the future, and to guide far-reaching weapons systems.

In the USA and the UK work is now underway to combine combat technology with command, targeting and reconnaissance systems to form new reconnaissancestrike weapons with enormous destructive power. These combined systems are due to be completed within the 1980s. The first completed system is to be put at the disposal of the NATO air force in central Europe in 1986, to fight the radar and auto

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