Soviet High-Technology Restructuring Drive

The MNTK Network

by Simon Kassel

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This Note assesses the nature and effectiveness of a new type of Soviet scientific-industrial organization, a network of interbranch science and technology complexes (MNTKs) designed to stimulate the development of advanced technologies. The author analyzes the structure, special features, and research areas of the MNTKs, and considers their intended capabilities in the light of early Soviet comments on their operation. He concludes with an assessment of their probable impact on the development of Soviet advanced technologies. Currently available information on each reported MNTK is provided in an appendix.

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