.....I wonder how the Pentagon would feel about buying Russian weapons then. Or would it further diminish Russia's technical class if they all moved over here.....
It's a terrible dellimna. The Congress would never permit export of the pork to Russia. We have spread the appropriations pretty thin already by parceling out defense tasks to NATO. Our local defense industru manufactures all the high explosives for the military and is the only such plant remaining. It is run under contract by BAE, British Aerospace.
A really terrible tale has to do with the Soviets and how they conducted business. They ostensibly sold weapons to places like Iraq and we see amazingly huge caches of the stuff still being uncovered today. The Soviets delivered the stuff but never collected on the invoice. They made an internal accounting entry where the industry drew money from its bank against a foreign depositary receipt which was in truth an uncollateralized IOU. In the early 90's I engaged the new Russians in trade and quiclky learned they had not only no money but nothing much worth having in trade. They offered me these depositary receipts greatly discounted in payment. I would have to take the receipt to Iraq or Syria and trade it not for money but for goods. Of course I never took the paper and actually never did any real business. They were flat broke.
Unlike the Chineese commmunists who never lost their business expertise, the Russians never had any. They simply can't do business in the world that exists today.
Since drunks don't revolt, I see only death and dissapation.
Putting aside all the corruption, crime, and poor management, they also lack the basic human resources needed for business - accountants, finance officers, marketing, etc. People here devote years of their lives to train for those roles. Russians stand in potato lines.