During the ‘80s, I continued to accompany my husband to tech conferences and continued to always see a row of Soviet “scientists” furiously taking notes in the back.

To satisfy my curiosity, I began to learn about how the Soviets developed their own technology and how the US succeeded or failed at maintaining its strategic advantage with technology. My research turned into a book, The New Wizard War, published in 1988.

While writing the book, I met FBI agents, US customs officials, Soviet defectors, and academics who studied US economic and intellectual property law.

Read more about this experience and how we can connect the dots from the past to predict the future in the latest issue of my Substack newsletter, out today: robynmetcalfe.substack.com/subscribe

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