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Assessing Soviet Economic Performance

By Central Intelegence Agent

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Book Id: WPLBN0000704016
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 2.33 MB.
Reproduction Date: 2006

Title: Assessing Soviet Economic Performance  
Author: Central Intelegence Agent
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, CIA research reports, National security.
Collections: CIA Documents Collection
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Publisher: Central Intelegence Agent


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Excerpt: Assessing Soviet Economic Performance Author?s Comment; James Noren The CIA documents excerpted in this section illustrate the range of CIA?s coverage of economic intelligence that supported US policymakers during the Cold War. The first document, ?Long-Run Soviet Economic Growth,? used an innovative analytical approach to address a much-debated question in the 1950s-1960s. Soviet agriculture, the Achilles? heel of Soviet economic development, was also an ongoing focus of CIA analysis. ?The New Lands Program in the USSR? suggests the depth of research devoted to this subject. It was arguably the most important initiative of the 1950s. CIA work on Soviet military spending was necessary to research on the Soviet Gross National Product (GNP). US defense planners enthusiastically read such material, asking for disaggregated estimates like those in the third document, ?Soviet Military Expenditures by Major Missions, 1958-65.? Monitoring Soviet crop prospects also attracted intense interest, especially after the USSR began to buy grain after poor harvests. ?The Soviet Grain Deficit? is a typical report intended for the Washington audience. Searching for the causes of the slide in economic productivity, CIA tried to find alternative relations between output and inputs of labor and capital in the USSR. ?Investment and Growth in the USSR? identifies one plausible source of the problem. CIA analysts also raised questions about the impact of technology transfer on Soviet capabilities during the Cold War. ?Soviet Economic and Technological Benefits from D‚tente? is an example of the many papers issued in response to this question.


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