chapter  9
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Programming Armageddon: Warsaw Pact war planning, 1969–1985

At the time of Leonid Brezhnev’s accession as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party in 1964, military competition between the Warsaw Pact and NATO in the Central European theater had become a pillar of the Cold War. Nuclear strategy was a dynamic aspect of that competition, and the threat of war escalating to the level of a nuclear exchange was quite real.