Title: National Security Strategy of Realistic Deterrence
Author: Melvin R. Laird
U.S. Department of Defense (1972). Statement of Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird before the House Subcommittee on Department of Defense Appropriations on the FY 1973 defense budget and FY 1973-1977 program, February 22, 1972.:National security strategy of realistic deterrence. Washington, DC U.S. Govt. Print Off. Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird’s annual Defense Department report
- United States. Department of Defense–Appropriations and expenditures.
- Deterrence (Strategy)
- United States–Armed Forces–Appropriations and expenditures.
- United States–Defenses.
Date Posted: May 10, 2016
Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf
Each year in February or March the Secretary of Defense [prepared] his annual statement as a prelude to his appearances before the Congress to defend the department’s budget. It [had become] customary to include in this annual report a section outlining the threat to the United States derived from information available to the intelligence community. Pages 35 through 58 of this edition carry detailed descriptions of Soviet strategic weapons taken from scientific and technical intelligence estimates—especially declassified for this annual report. Also in this edition is the justification for the establishment of an assistant secretary of defense for intelligence as well as other changes in the defense intelligence community (pp. 133-36). This so called “Posture Statement” is available from the Government Printing Office each year and represents one of the best insights into strategic weapons assessments of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries. It also indicates the credibility which defense decision makers pierce on our scientific and technical intelligence collection and estimative capabilities.
 Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 115