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About RAND

The RAND Corporation, founded in 1947, is a "think tank" that does contract studies for various organizations, especially the U.S. military.

RAND conducted a number of studies for the U.S. government during the Vietnam war. For background information, see:

Elliott, Duong Van Mai. RAND in Southeast Asia : a history of the Vietnam War era print version online version

Lawrence, Philip K. Strategy, hegemony and ideology: the role of intellectuals,”Political Studies Vol. 44 Issue 1 (Mar. 1996): 44-59, (Online access to MSU users only)

Shultz, Richard. "Breaking The Will of the Enemy During the Vietnam War: the Operationalization of the Cost-Benefit Model of Counterinsurgency Warfare,”  Journal of Peace Research;, Vol. 15 Issue 2,  (Mar1978): 109-130. (Online access to MSU users only)

User's guide to the Rand interviews in Vietnam (Revised edition 1972) : print version online version 

"Between August 1964 and December 1968, The Rand Corporation, under contract to the U.S. Department of Defense, conducted approximately 2400 interviews with Vietnamese who were familiar with activities of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army. Reports of those interviews, totaling approximately 62,000 pages, constitute an extraordinarily rich source of information about political and military upheaval in a developing country; about Vietnamese rural life ; about the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese armed forces ; and about many related subjects. 

"This Guide, which should accompany allinterview series issued to the public, has been prepared to help the user of the interviews understand the purposes and limitations of the interview reports."

User's guide to Southeast Asia combat data (1976) print version online version

"A detailed guide to the vast body of available combat and combat-related data from the recent war in Southeast Asia, describing the content, structure, and location of machine-readable and textual data files relating to U.S., Allied, and enemy activities in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam through 1975. Characteristics of sites at which data files are located are given, along with detailed file information. The report also includes a description of data-collection techniques used in this survey, and a chronology of events in Southeast Asia from 1945 to 1975."

Wolfson, Robert J. "In the Hawk's Nest," Society.Vol. 9 Issue 6 (Apr.1972): 18 (Online access to MSU users only)

The Reports

The following reports are available through Inter-Library Loan from Center for Research Libraries. When requesting a title, include the OCLC number on the online form.

Anderson, M. Insurgent organization and operations : a case study of the Viet Cong in the Delta, 1964-1966 Santa Monica : Rand Corp., 1967 OCLC No. 2045882

Betts, R.R. (R. Russell). An evaluation of chemical crop destruction in Vietnam. Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1967 [i.e. 1975] OCLC No. 3849508

J. M. Carrier. Viet Cong motivation and morale : the special case of Chieu Hoi Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1966 [i.e. 1975] OCLC No. 6378224

Davison, W. Phillips (Walter Phillips).

  • A profile of Viet Cong cadres Santa Monica, Ca. : Rand, 1966 OCLC No. 8310072
  • Some observations on Viet Cong operations in the villages Santa Monica, Calif., Rand Corp., 1968 OCLC No. 4211911

Denton, Frank H.

  • Some effects of military operations on Viet Cong attitudes Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1966 [i.e. 1975] OCLC No. 2110488
  • Volunteers for the Viet Cong. Santa Monica, Calif., Rand Corp., 1968. OCLC No. 2651406

Donnell, John C.

  • Viet Cong motivation and morale in 1964: a preliminary report Santa Monica, Calif., Rand, 1965 [i.e. 1971] OCLC No. 446685
  • Viet Cong recruitment : why and how men join. Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1967 [i.e. 1975]. OCLC No. 2052153

Elliott, David W. P.

  • Documents of an elite Viet Cong Delta unit: the demolition platoon of the 514th BattalionSanta Monica, Calif., Rand Corp., 1969. OCLC No. 83381 
  • A look at the VC cadres, Dinh Tuong Province, 1965-1966 Santa Monica, Calif. : Rand Corp., 1967. OCLC No. 2052112
  • Pacification and the Viet Cong system in Dinh Tuong, 1966-1967. Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1969 [i.e. 1975] OCLC No. 2675564

Goure, Leion.

  • Some findings of the Viet Cong motivation and morale study, June-December 1965 Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1966 [i.e. 1975]. OCLC No. 3849098
  • Some impressions of Viet Cong vulnerabilities : an interim report Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1965 [i.e. 1975] OCLC No. 2057370

Gurtov, Melvin.

  • Some impressions of the effects of military operations on Viet Cong behavior Santa Monica, Calif. : Rand, 1965 OCLC No. 8316413
  • Viet Cong cadres and the cadre system : a study of the main and local forces Santa Monica, Calif. : Rand, 1967 OCLC No. 8316681 online version available
  • The war in the Delta : views from three Viet Cong battalions. Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1967 [i.e. 1975] OCLC No. 2110584

Holliday, L. P. Viet Cong logistics Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1968 [i.e. 1975] OCLC No. 2059662

Kellen, Konrad.

  • Conversations with enemy soldiers in late 1968/early 1969: a study of motivation and morale Santa Monica, Calif., Rand, 1970. OCLC No. 245476
  • Profile of the PAVN soldier in South VietnamSanta Monica, Calif : Rand, 1966 [i.e. 1975]. OCLC No. 4490864
  • A view of the VC: elements of cohesion in the enemy camp in 1966-1967. Santa Monica, Calif., Rand, 1969 OCLC No. 447552

Leites, Nathan Constantin. The Viet Cong style of politics. Santa Monica, Calif., Rand Corp., 1969 OCLC No. 892966

Pearce, R. Michael. The insurgent environment. Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1969 OCLC No. 5288902

Pohle, Victoria. The Viet Cong in Saigon: tactics and objectives during the Tet offensive. Santa Monica, Calif., Rand, 1969. OCLC No. 737904

Pye, Lucian W.  Observations on the Chieu Hoi program Santa Monica, Calif. : Rand Corp., 1966. OCLC No. 2052124

Russo, Anthony J. (Anthony Jospeh). A statistical analysis of the U.S. crop spraying program in South  Vietnam Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1967 OCLC No. 7172768

Sweetland, Anders. Rallying potential among the North Vietnamese armed forces Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1970. OCLC No. 2209303

Zasloff, Joseph Jeremiah.

  • Origins of the insurgency in South Vietnam, 1954-1960 : the role of the southern Vietminh cadres Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1968. OCLC No. 8309808
  •  Political motivation of the Viet Cong: the Vietminh regroupees. Santa Monica, Calif., Rand Corp., 1968. OCLC No. 2675536

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