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.
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By Lieutenant Commander Claude G. Berube, U.S. Navy Reserve<p>