NUCLEAR ENERGY IN THE U.S.S.R.,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The Soviet Government has not published a Smyth Report or any other official description which even in the most general terms describes their overall atomic energy program. As the Russian sputniks have so dramatically demonstrated, it is Soviet policy to give only the vaguest of details on their scientific projects until they have been brought successfully to fruition. Even so, only a fraction of their achievements are exposed to view. Failures and reversals remain secret. Thus, it is virtually impossible for the world to learn of Soviet scientific and planning errors, and the picture which the western world receives often seems to reflect an overwhelming Soviet superiority. It is this biased picture which often influences the military planning and strategies of western nations, and with regard to the industrial applications of atomic energy is certain to influence world economic and political policy.