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How is it an indication of existence?
I'm not sure that that's how they operated. Even the GDR's record-keeping of all activities and informants reports didn't help them avoid severe chickenups and their eventual dissolution. They had 40 years to perfect the process but it simply degenerated.
Which is the real problem. The absence of a paper trail can be for a number of reasons.
Lack of paperwork is no reason to start a war.
Maybe you've heard of "smelters". "Recycling"?
Not everybody's in the habit of leaving scrap metal lying around for a decade; especially when there are trade restrictions.
Que? Nix verstehen.
But wait; you've put the cart before the horse.
How can a country like the USA persuade the regime of a country like Saddam's Iraq to deploy those human resources to "non-evil" tasks?
Yet the regime encourages scientists and engineers to work in weapons technology because the regime needs them to work in that field... and unless you give the individuals the opportunity to be at their best doing something else, elsewhere, people will continue to work on "Evil Technology (TM)".
Not entirely. I do like to present "way out" possibilities in order to explore the possible scope of reality.
e.g. Hitler believed that he still had huge military resources in reserve; in May 1945.
Saddam was more likely to be chest-beating about "his" WMD than being deluded.
Satisfies Occam's razor until you can come up with a simpler explaination.
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You seem to only be considering things that are easy to move. No. If they can't make the materials consistently, as is only feasible with large plants...
Control inputs. Manage outputs.
e.g. Botulism is a serious, deadly disease caused by botulin, a neuro-toxin produced by some bateria. Yet that toxin is used in the treatment of diseases, injuries and in cosmetic surgery. -- "Bernd Felsche - Innovative Reckoning, Perth, Western Australia ASCII ribbon campaign "Laws do not persuade just because X against HTML mail they threaten." and postings Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4BC - 65AD.