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Matvei Zakharov

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With the emergence of nuclear-missile weaponry, cybernetics, electronics, and computer equipment, any subjective approach to military problems, hare-brained plans, and superficiality can cause irreparable damage.
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Quoted in "Stalin's Generals" - Page 338 - by Harold Shukman - History - 2002

 
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