While working at RAND on a scheme for U.S. telecommunications infrastructure to survive a "first strike," Paul Baran conceived of the Internet and digital packet switching, the Internet's underlying data communications technology. His concepts are still employed today; just the terms are different. His seminal work first appeared in a series of RAND studies published between 1960 and 1962 and then finally in the tome "On Distributed Communications," published in 1964.
Study from 1951 provides insight into the political leadership and foreign policy in the Soviet Union and other communist states; the development of Soviet military strategy and doctrine; and the organization and operation of the Soviet economy.
Classic game theory primer from 1954 that discusses basic concepts of game theory and its applications, and which popularized the subject for amateurs, professionals, and students throughout the world.
Seminal guide from 1958 on the uses and characteristics of space systems, including astronautics and its applications, technology, rocket vehicles, propulsion systems, propellants, internal power sources, guidance, communication, and more.
Strategy in the Missile Age — 2007
Classic work from 1959 that discusses the origins of air power, its cornerstone position in the evolution of Cold War era nuclear strategy, and its treatment of preventive and preemptive attacks, deterrence, and the economics of strategy.
Classic work from 1961 discusses basic concepts of game theory and its applications for military, economic, and political problems, as well as its usefulness in decisionmaking in business, operations research, and behavioral science.
Planets for Man — 2007
Endeavors to determine -- on the basis of then-current biological and cosmological knowledge -- whether there are other worlds where man can survive or where human life may even now be flourishing.
Habitable Planets for Man — 2007
''Habitable Planets for Man'' examines and estimates the probabilities of finding planets habitable to human beings, where they might be found, and the number there may be in our own galaxy.
The Road to Total War — 2007
Examines the various factors that impelled leaders on both sides of the conflict in World War II to respond to immediate problems with actions resulting in effects that were often neither planned nor foreseen.
Originally published in 1962 and featuring a new foreword by Stephen T. Hosmer, this report is based on the Symposium on Counterinsurgency held at RAND's Washington Office during the week of 16 April 1962.
Originally published in 1963 and featuring a new foreword by Bruce Hoffman, this account of the author's successful command in the Algerian war for independence presents a striking parallel to present-day counterinsurgency operations.
Originally published in 1971, and now published with a new foreword, thisis a book of enduring value and lasting relevance. The authors detail theapplication, history, and controversies surrounding the Planning,Programming, and Budgeting System (PPBS), used to evaluate military needsand to choose among alternatives for meeting those needs.
A study of the efficient use of transportation systems with an emphasis on the effects of traffic congestion.
The History of the JOHNNIAC — 1968
This Memorandum describes the thirteen-year life of the JOHNNIAC computer, a Princeton-class machine designed and built at the RAND Corporation in 1953.
Security Controls for Computer Systems: Report of Defense Science Board Task Force on Computer Security — 1979
Security Controls for Computer Systems : Report of Defense Science Board Task Force on Computer Security
An analysis of the validity of using self-rating as a technique for selecting more accurate subgroups in applications of the Delphi method for eliciting group judgments.
The tables presented here provide a large supply of random digits and normal deviates of high quality.
This report discusses some important general attributes of electronic mail and message systems, and the effects of those attributes on the quality and appropriateness of communication.
More than eleven years before the orbiting of Sputnik, history's first artificial space satellite, Project RAND released its first report: Preliminary Design of an Experimental World-Circling Spaceship (SM-11827), May 2, 1946.
Selected Writings of Albert Wohlstetter — 1951-1970
Albert Wohlstetter became one of the world’s leading nuclear and national security strategists. His studies led to concepts for deterring nuclear war, and reduced the probability of accidental war.
Comment on RAND Building Program — 1950
After a few years in rented quarters, RAND began to plan for its own building to house its staff, including about 250 researchers. John Williams, head of the Mathematics Division, surfaced the idea for creating a building that would increase the probability of chance personal meetings. Such meetings, he argued, would promote the interdisciplinary aspect of RAND — the use of mixed teams of analysts in addressing a problem. Williams’ December 26, 1950 memo to RAND staff built the case for a system of closed courts or patios — which led him to the theory of regular lattices, with average distances between points shown in a two-element matrix. The resulting set of patios, he felt, would ensure the maximum number of chance meetings and at the same time enhance, for the RAND staff, the qualities of privacy, quiet, natural light and air, and spaciousness.