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VITALY V. SHLYKOV retired from the Soviet Army in 1988 at the rank of colonel. During his 30 years of service, Dr. Shlykov was a research analyst in the field of defense economics. He also served on the General Staff. He earned his Ph.D. at the Moscow Institute of Foreign Relations and is a graduate of the Military Diplomatic Academy. After retiring from active duty, Dr. Shlykov spent 2 years as a senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow. From 1990 to August 1992 he was the Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Defense in Russia. He is an acknowledged expert on the Russian defense industry and its associated budget.
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Authored by Dr. Vitaly V. Shlykov.
Retired Soviet Army Colonel Vitaly Shlykov presents a brutally honest appraisal of the harsh realities that are a part of today's Russia. This report was presented at the Army War College's Eighth Annual Strategy Conference, "Russia's Future as a World Power," held at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, April 22-24, 1997. Colonel Shlykov's paper is even more sobering when one considers that the October Revolution of 1917 began in the bread lines of Petrograd and Moscow.