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Vladimir Putin

Dextraze, General J.A.

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The defence of the western way of life with détente in perspective. The requirement to defend democratic institutions in the world today. Why the Western world needs to maintain large, professional Armed Forces. The necessity to spend billions of dollars annually on military personnel and equipment. The need to maintain the strategic balance of power. The illusion of "safety under the nuclear umbrella." The fact of military powers in Central Europe and their strength compared to NATO. The need for assessment of the intentions of potential enemies. The use of nuclear weapons. The justification and need for the western democracies to maintain their conventional military strength.