Dated October 23, 1958, this paper is a personal view of the history of Project RAND and The RAND Corporation by R. D. Specht and was originally presented to the session "A Decade of Military Operations Research in Perspective" of the Fourteenth National Meeting of the Operations Research Society of America. It includes a memoir of RAND's origins and challenges to its researchers and scholars in its early years, and a description of its culture, personnel, operations, and accomplishments after ten years of existence.
Specht, R. D., RAND: A Personal View of Its History. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1958. https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P1601.html. Also available in print form.
Specht, R. D., RAND: A Personal View of Its History, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, P-1601, 1958. As of July 28, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P1601.html