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 system 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.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. "A Long-Haired Air Force?": Henry Arnold, Edward Bowles, and Planning for Science and Technology Chapter 3 2. "Two Assignments Inextricably Related": The RAND Contract and Adapting the Military for Science and Technology Chapter 4 3. Bowles and the Corporate Ideal: The Associationalist Vision Seen and Lost Chapter 5 4. Reshaping RAND: Air Warfare as a Domain of Research Chapter 6 5. The Strategic Bombing System Analysis: Science and the Cold War State Chapter 7 Conclusion