|Conference on Conversion of the Aerospace Complex, |
Moscow, November 1992.
However, I was permitted at the time of my hiring the month before - because it had been a prior arrangement - to attend a conference on Aerospace Complex Conversion in Moscow in November 1992.
|We went on a tour of the ancient Russian |
Orthodox capital of Zagorsk.
The theme of the conference was "Swords to Ploughshares". I am posting these photos from the conference as memorabilia of a time when the "Peace Dividend" was on everyone's mind.
|Some defense enterprises were opened|
to westerners for the first time in 1990.
|L to R: John Tepper Marlin, Mrs. Franklin and Lewis |
R. Franklin of TRW Space & Defense.
The local Chamber of Commerce - which met at the Army Club - asked me what the next step was and I said: "Bring in a developer." The generals who were running the conversion effort in Kharkiv asked me: "Chto eto, devyeloper?" They just didn't have any idea what sort of person would do that kind of abstract work, thinking up uses of land without direction from a higher authority.
The U.N. conference attempted to bring together people who might have ideas for using the space and military research centers with the officials in Moscow who were trying reuse them.
|My Russian language skills were put to the test. That is me|
on the Far Right.
The conversion happened as soon as the money stopped. Instead of a marching band proceeding in an orderly way to a new formation, a gun went off (no money) and everyone scrambled.
|L to R: Academician V. Avduesky, Jurgen Brauer.|
The difference between a marching band and the conversion that happened is that a marching band is told where to go next. In the case of the Russian defense workers, they had to figure out for themselves what to do next.
The U.N. conference was the last one of several that took place during the exciting years 1990-1992, when the Soviet Union imploded and the peace dividend seemed to promise a new era of prosperity for all except the military establishment. Some of the people at the U.N. conference had attended one sponsored by the Council on Economic Priorities two years earlier, in Moscow and Leningrad.
|Greg Bischak, at the end of|
conference, going home.
|Russian Othodox guide tells us about Zagorsk.|