Soviet weapons acquisition in a period of new economic policies

by Arthur J. Alexander

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This paper considers the future performance of the Soviet weapons acquisition sector under the conditions of Gorbachev's policies as they have been revealed thus far, and as they may develop in the future, emphasizing the technological change in the Soviet weapons research and development sector, and the systemic influences operating throughout the weapons acquisition process. The main impediments to Soviet innovation are reviewed, as are the means by which the military sector has avoided or mitigated the effects of many of these impediments, and the ways that present and possible future policies may change civilian and defense industries' relative capabilities in promoting technical change.

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