In the 1980s, the U.S. was in an arms race with the Soviet Union. In some areas, the U.S. had the lead; in others, the Soviets had the competitive advantage. But what was puzzling was the Soviet’s ability to not just match but to exceed U.S. capabilities, from an economy that was significantly smaller than the U.S.  The standard accepted answer was that the Soviets were accomplishing this by stealing Western—primarily U.S.—technology. But the real culprit was a ...

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