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Neither did he think we should work for the Army or the Navy. He wanted the Air Force to trust us to be devoted solely to its mission with no conflict of interest. ” See Ed Barlow, “Frank and RAND’s Culture in the 1950s,” “Early Personalities and Projects,” Alumni Bulletin, ed. : RAND Corporation, P-8055, March 2001, p. 11. A Remote Corner of the World: The Beginning in Vietnam 17 also were tempted by the allure of working on current policy problems, although doing so would be a departure from research on issues of long-term and strategic significance that had been RAND’s forte.
44 Author interview with Konrad Kellen, 2002. 45 Even less-operational research, such as the projects dealing with the Strategic Hamlet Program, a population relocation effort to cut access to villagers by the insurgents, was short-term and intended to provide quick answers to an ongoing problem. In 1963, Jack Ellis attempted to broaden his research program by proposing a prisoner-interrogation study to glean tactical information but also to gain important insights into communism—in particular, to determine what motivated the insurgents to fight, as shown in RAND consultant Lucian Pye’s 1957 book Guerrilla Communism in Malaya.
40 As a follow up later in 1963, RAND issued separate reports on six counterinsurgency campaigns. ”41 There was no direct follow-up by either RAND or ARPA. In view of the technical nature of the support being sought by ARPA/AGILE, Frank Collbohm assigned Jack Ellis to manage the AGILE contract. Ellis had joined the Engineering Division at RAND in 1947, when it was still part of the Douglas Aircraft Company, and had been working on tactical warfare issues dealing with the defense of Europe. Ellis had studied mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley).
Air War Over Southeast Asia: A Pictorial Record Vol. 1, 1962-1966 by Lou Drendel