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Well, I didn't, but I'm not sure whether anyone did in that group or not. Bernie
[Bernard A.] Shriever was the general.
What other kinds of things did you discuss?
In those meetings?
Well, the things had mostly to do with defense or military, because the composition
of the group was largely military. RAND certainly there because of its advanced planning
activities. I can't recall anything specific that I can dredge up at this point. This particular
assignment was given to the committee or the group by Jack Kennedy. He wanted to find out
-- I don't know whose idea it was, but certainly it came in a request from Kennedy that each
of us had that we should participate in these discussions having to do with this forward-
looking-backward kind of assignment. They never had had anything like it before, and never
anything since, except that it made a hell of a lot of sense if you're in a period of stress and
change, to have somebody worrying about what mistakes you might make if you had to go
through certain activities. Something similar to this came up the other day in a meeting
having to do with planning the curriculum for a school in government affairs, what are the
problems that the government is going to have to cope with in the first twenty years of the
next century? And to try to look around the corner and see what's coming isn't obvious.
These exercises are a lot of fun and very stimulating. For example, one that came up the
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