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It was under the umbrella of a contract an aircraft firm had with the military,
specifically the Air Force. The Air Force knew what the money was being used for, but the
money flowed to the group from the Air Force contractor. And after the war, the group made
a direct contract with the Air Force and pulled away from the aviation contractor. I wasn't
involved in it until well after the war.
It was well underway when I became associated with it as a trustee or director, I've
forgotten what the title was. It was one of the most interesting associations that I'd ever had.
RAND had a collection of very bright people in a variety of disciplines and when
they worked on a study they threw all the disciplines into that particular study. It was the
ultimate, at that time, in using various disciplines on a single problem. And I think the
richness of the RAND work can be attributed in a large sense to the interdisciplinary attack
on a problem. That's no good if you don't have very bright people.
But the thing grew up in Santa Monica because that's where the aircraft company was. It
was sufficiently detached from the Beltway in Washington so that there was a freedom of
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