Miles Costick

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Founder ofInstitute on Strategic Trade
Member ofLe Cercle


He obtained a Ph.D.

Deep political connections

Miles Costick attended Le Cercle in 1982. The purpose of this visit is unknown, but it may be related to curtailing his opposition to trade deals with the Soviet Union. It may have marked the end of the Institute on Strategic Trade.


He was president and founder[1] of the Institute on Strategic Trade. He knew both Jimmy Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski and in 1978 he wrote about illegal transfers and plant construction projects (included military vehicle production in the late 1970s). This practice was curtailed when Ronald Reagan first became President only to be resumed in Reagan's second term with the help of Brzezinski’s long-term associate George H. W. Bush.[2]

In a report published by the Institute on Strategic Trade, entitled "The Soviet Gas Deal and its Threat to the West," Costick and Marc Dean Millot, an institute research associate, declare that the "rush" by the West and Japan to build the Soviet pipeline — thereby boosting Soviet energy production and at the same time creating "a hazardous dependency" on the Soviet Union for their own energy requirements — seems "an extraordinary folly."[3]

Costick has claimed that the Russians also acquired their know-how to build wide-body jet transports from American firms by bidding on a contract to submit more and more-detailed information to U.S. aircraft firms — until the Russians had enough data to build their own planes. He also stated that the Soviets send their technologists to U.S. plants wearing special shoes that picked up traces of the special alloy metals used in construction of American products.[4]

Miles Costick, testified regularly before Congress on technology transfer. He claimed that Soviet embassy employees in Washington, including known KGB agents, are allowed to attend Congressional hearings on defense and national security, and that they own computer terminals that link them to American data banks, providing instant information on new products and patents. "With technology transfer," Costick said, "we have saved the Soviets well over $100 billion in research and development costs."[5]

He has been linked to the The Unification Church.[6]


  • 1976 - Economics of detente and U.S.-Soviet grain trade
  • 1978 - The Strategic Dimensions of East-West Trade
  • 1978 - A perspective on the pressures behind Soviet Middle Eastern strategies
  • 1979 - The Soviet military power as a function of technology transfer from the West
  • 1980 - Strategic trade, economic sanctions and the security of the free world


Event Participated in

Le Cercle/1982 (Wildbad Kreuth)11 June 198213 June 1982Hanns Seidel Foundation