Drilling advances ///

To American spymasters of the Cold War era, drill bit plants in the then-Soviet Union were no more than fronts for manufacturing anti-tank weapons. While at once touting the efficiencies of “twin oil-well drilling” and Russian-developed turbodrills, the antecedent U.S. intelligence community largely perceived the oilfield technologies conceived in the USSR as inferior, and “10 years or more behind that employed in the West.”

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