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Cold War Laboratory Rand, the Air Force, and the American State, 1945-1950

by Martin J. Collins

  • ISBN: 9781588340863
  • ISBN10: 1588340864

Cold War Laboratory Rand, the Air Force, and the American State, 1945-1950

by Martin J. Collins

  • List Price: $39.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/2002
  • ISBN: 9781588340863
  • ISBN10: 1588340864
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Description: In 1946, before the start of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the Army Air Forces established Project RAND -- a groundbreaking "think tank" designed to link leaders in the military and aircraft industry. The new organization was a response to fears that long-range bombers, guided missiles, and atomic bombs inaugurated a new era of danger. Modern war was now total war, a contest between entire societies, and demanded the commitment of peacetime preparation.Science and technology were crucial for such preparation and RAND offered the Air Force a conduit to the expertise of industry and universities. As an institutional crossroads, RAND became a unique place to experiment with methods and ideas to prepare a pluralistic, democratic society for total war.Martin J. Collins examines the critical years of this experiment through an evolving cast of key individuals: Hap Arnold and Mit professor Edward L. Bowles; Rowan Gaither, president of the RAND board of trustees; Frank Collbohm and Lawrence Henderson, director and associate director of RAND; and mathematician Edwin Paxson, the leader of RAND's first systems analysis -- a RAND invention that sought to make a science of the study of war. Collins presents an in-depth examination of the birth of systems analysis and how it combined science, politics, and postwar concerns.In developing systems analysis, RAND drew on a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines, and from the fields of economics, political science, and sociology. Its research symbolized the new and far-reaching effects of our response to the Cold War. RAND is the "grandfather" of think tanks and continues to conduct military and social analysis.
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