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According to Marshal Andrei Grechko, Soviet defense minister from 1967 to 1974, the Politburo made all key decisions on military policy.
43) Defense Minister Andrei Grechko agreed with this view, asserting in the party journal Kommunist as late as 1971 that "rocket-nuclear weapons will be decisive"--that a major war would certainly be an all-out nuclear war and that conventional operations would be limited to the actions of isolated small units.