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Riassunto: A defense analyst who served on the frontlines of the struggle for military parity, the author was intensely engaged in the efforts of the US technical, military, and diplomatic communities to assess, counter, and of course to seek to outperform the Soviet Union from 1952 to 1989. His studies, tested by many and refuted by none, show that the Soviets had established overwhelming strategic military superiority in the 1970s and 1980s. His analyses of planned US weapons systems vis-a-vis the Soviets' strong suit ran counter to accepted wisdom among many high-ranking military officers, Washington insiders, and major technology firms who had lucrative contracts at stake -- including his employers. Carpenter was fired by Bell and variously threatened by IBM, and the KGB had a photo-file on him -- they understood his conclusions were accurate. Just prior to retirement, the author also provided exclusive analyses to Ambassador Max Kampelman, contributing to successful arms negotiations that provided stability and led to essential strategic parity for the next twenty-odd years. (By the way, could it be that it was the attainment of a position of military superiority that allowed the Soviet Union room to reformulate itself in the late 1980s and 1990s, renegotiating its relationships with the republics of the "near abroad" on commercial terms rather than as dependencies?)

About the Author: After serving in the US Marine Corps and working as a General Electric technician for the US Navy, Mr. Carpenter developed a four-decades-long career with the Bell Telephone Companies, IBM, the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the U.S. Department of State, dedicated to enhancing the strategic defense posture of the United States. Perhaps more important, he served as a voluntary defense consultant for over 30 years, advising the US Air Force, the Defense Department, President Reagan s transition team, subcommittees of the Senate Arms Services and to the House of Representatives Interior and Armed Services Committees, and President Reagan s Commission on Strategic Forces. He also worked for the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and then the State Department, and was a Senior Advisor at the US Soviet Nuclear and Space Talks in Geneva, Switzerland, 1985 1988.

Prior to retirement, Carpenter spent four years working in Geneva, Switzerland, as the Senior Advisor to the Nuclear and Space Talks. During this period he also prepared analyses of Soviet initiatives and anticipated the systemic failure of the Soviet Union. His 1980 Soviet threat analysis guided and facilitated the Reagan Administration s Strategic Forces Renewal Program. His work with the Administration during l980 l983 and testimony to the 97th and 98th Congress ensured agreements to produce 100 B-1 bombers, to base 100 MX ICBMs in the Minuteman ICBM silos, to develop and produce the Trident D-5 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile, and to develop a small land-mobile ICBM.

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