The lead article, "Lessons from U.S. 'Electronic Boom,'" demonstrates the subtlety of the misimpressions Soviet scientists have about American technology. A well-known economist cautions against the use of the State Network of Computer Centers for long-range planning. A translation of the text of V. M. Glushkov's speech last fall before the Supreme Soviet suggests that the five-year plan, 1971-75, reflects much less official interest in computer technology than expected, judging by the Directives of the 24th CPSU Congress. Other articles describe the work of S. V. Emel'yanov and V. Utkin on variable-structure systems, for which they won the 1972 Lenin Prize; discuss the main problems the Soviet see in the development of authomated management systems: technology, software, and personnel training; and briefly examine the Chinese claim to possession of a 360-type computer.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.
Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/research-integrity.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.