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When Admiral William Crowe served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he intended to "make a little history" and meet with his Soviet counterpart, Chief of the General Staff Sergei Akhromeyev, in the Pentagon in 1987—a first for a Soviet armed forces chief. But the Pentagon wasn't the only stop. Admiral Crowe was interested in Akhromeyev seeing the real America. "Before we started our tour," Crowe recalled," I made a point of assuring Akhromeyev that he was free to talk to anybody at any time." 1 Unknowingly or not, the U.S. admiral had engaged in his own form of glasnost, the policy of then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that proposed a new era of "openness" to encourage criticism of processes that would decrease corruption and improve effectiveness.