Conversion pp 382-405 | Cite as

Conversion and the Death of the Soviet Military — Industrial Complex

  • Christopher Smart
Conference paper


As the most demanding sector in the Soviet economy, as one of the most privileged elements of Soviet Society, and as the very foundation of Soviet military power, the military-industrial complex shaped much of the Soviet System’s evolution over the last seven decades. The effort to convert military enterprises to civilian production, therefore, has meant more than mere industrial reform. Because the military-industrial complex has played such an important role in the country’s evolution, its demise offers a rare perspective on the economic, political and military decay of the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, the transformation of the country since August 1991 has shaken this crucial foundation of the Soviet Union’s international stature beyond reasonable chance of repair.


Market Reform Defense Industry Central Intelligence Agency Design Bureau General Staff 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Smart
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  1. 1.Hudson InstituteUSA

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