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Author Elliott, Duong Van Mai, 1941-

Title RAND in Southeast Asia : a history of the Vietnam War era / Mai Elliott

Publ Info Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 2010
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 RWU Main Library  DS558.2 .E44 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xxii, 672 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note "RAND Investment in People and Ideas."
"CP-564-RC"--P. [4] of cover
Includes bibliographical references (p. 627-652) and index
Contents RAND: the beginning -- A remote corner of the world: the beginning in Vietnam -- "What makes the Viet Cong tick?" -- Escalation and airpower -- Controversy -- The many aspects of the war -- The Mekong Delta and the Central Highlands -- The Tet Offensive -- Pacification and Vietnamization -- THe Pentagon Papers -- The end of the war -- Laos and Thailand: sideshows -- Diversification
Note This volume chronicles RAND's involvement in researching insurgency and counterinsurgency in Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand during the Vietnam War era, from the period preceding the dispatch of U.S. troops, to the most intensive combat years, to the Tet Offensive of 1968, to the end of the war in 1975. The author draws on interviews with RAND staff who were involved in research in the region, the hundreds of studies that RAND produced on these topics, and documentary sources outside RAND to provide a narrative that captures the tenor of the times, conveys the attitudes and thinking of those involved, and recounts their personal stories and experiences. Elliott assesses both the extent to which RAND's research influenced U.S. policies and decisionmakers during the war and the effect that the war had on RAND 2 culminating with the release of the Pentagon Papers, which became a national controversy in 1971
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LC subject Rand Corporation -- Influence
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Research -- United States -- History
Counterinsurgency -- Research -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Military planning -- United States -- History -- 20th century
ISBN 9780833047540 (pbk. : alk. paper)
083304754X (pbk. : alk. paper)