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History of Operations Research in the United States Army, V. 2: 1961-1973 (eBook)

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History of Operations Research in the United States Army, V. 2: 1961-1973 (eBook)
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9780160872853
Description

The 1960s and early 1970s were a tumultuous period in world history. Insurgent political movements as well as profound economic and social changes affected many regions of the world, including the United States. The rapid changes in technology and the shifting international political scene, most particularly the Communist insurgency in Vietnam, forced substantial changes in U.S. Army weaponry, organization, and doctrine. Coping with such fundamental and rapid change would not have been possible without the use of operations research and systems analysis (ORSA) techniques to aid Army decision makers in dealing with a complex present and a cloudy future.

In this, the second of three proposed volumes on the history of operations research in the United States Army, Dr. Charles R. Shrader identifies, describes, and evaluates the ideas, people, organizations, and events that influenced the development of ORSA in the Army from the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam in 1973.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword..........iii

Preface...........v

Introduction...............3

Chapter One - The Army and "Scientific" Management..................7

Chapter Two - Systems Analysis and the McNamara Revolution.........37

Chapter Three - The Headquarters, Department of the Army, Response to the McNamara Revolution, 1961-1973.........75

Chapter Four - Army ORSA Personnel Management, 1961-1973..........121

Chapter Five - The Army Analytical Community, 1961-1973
Part I: General Characteristics..........155

Chapter Six - The Army Analytical Community, 1961-1973
Part II: Army ORSA Contractors.........175

Chapter Seven - The Army Analytical Community, 1961-1973
Part III: ORSA in Class II Activities and Major Commands.........215

Chapter Eight - ORSA, Counterinsurgency, and Airmobility........253

Chapter Nine - ORSA in Vietnam, 1961-1973

Conclusion........325

Appendix A - Secretary McNamara's 19 April 1962 Memorandums on Army Aviation........329

Appendix B - HQ MACV Research and Development Elements......333

Selected Abbreviations and Acronyms..........339

Selected Bibliography of Works Cited.......345

Index.........359

Audience

All three volumes in the series are recommended for study not only by those of us in the Army analysis community but by civilian leaders, military commanders, and staff officers at all levels. The story of ORSA in the U.S. Army provides many important insights into Army decision making, the adaptation of science to military affairs, the process by which we design and evaluate weapons and other equipment, tactical organization and doctrine, strategy, and management of the Army.

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$7.99
Publisher:
U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army, Army Center of Military History
Year/Pages:
2010, 390 pages
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