Learning Secrecy in the Early Cold War: The RAND Corporation

September 2011
Diplomatic History;Sep2011, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p643
Academic Journal
The article discusses the formation of the RAND Corporation in March 1946 via a contract between the U.S. Air Force and Douglas Aircraft Company of Los Angeles, California. The author describes the research and development work in intercontinental warfare machinery as well as RAND's evolution to an independent non-profit organization in May 1948. The article examines the alleged secrecy of RAND's operations surrounding the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles, satellites, and rockets and classified information relating to such projects. RAND's subsequent contracts with the Department of Defense are analyzed, particularly secrecy and security clauses related to employee clearance and design specifications.


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