Vitaly Leonidovich Katayev

Vitaly Katayev joined the Defense Industry Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in 1975, after fifteen years as a designer in the defense industry, ultimately rising to deputy head of defense under Gorbachev and serving until the department was disbanded in 1993.

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A Memoir of the Missile Age

Author: Vitaly Leonidovich Katayev
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1474-5

Vitaly Katayev, a designer of nuclear missiles, who later became a government official involved in arms development as well as limitation, offers an insider’s look at Soviet decisions and calculations during the Cold War. From this perspective, he captures the drama of the Soviet system at first racing forward, then reversing course as Gorbachev comes to power and begins the process of negotiating arms control agreements with President Reagan.

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