MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD
SUBJECT: OSI Assessment of Progress in the SQT Bilateral Agreement on Energy: Superconducting Transmission Technology
The initial assessment of Soviet capabilities in the field of superconducting transmission (SCT) technology made in2 remains valid, it is too early to judge the true benefits and disadvantages of the exchange program. To date, the quid pro quo appears to have been equal for both sides.
For the US, the benefits to date have been limited to furthering good relations with the USSR. Should the Soviets eventually be successful in buildingm and one km lines and making them work, the US could gain useful knowledge from these efforts.
While the Soviets seem to have ambitious plans, obviously designed to make them appear to be close to the world leaders in developing SCT cables, US expertsoncluded the Soviets probably have not done enougho justify such plans at this time. Most authorities in this field feel that any advanced nation canCT power line. At the same time, theyquestion whether the cable will be-practical. This consideration seems to be of little concern to the Soviets, however, if they are as bent on proceeding in this area as they imply.
DATS: 4Original document.