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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

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Letter from Joshua Lederberg to P. J. Berenson, United States Department of Defense, Defense Science Board pdf (60,122 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to P. J. Berenson, United States Department of Defense, Defense Science Board
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NOTE: Text cut off in original.
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (60,122 Bytes)
Date:
1979-08-11 (August 11, 1979)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Berenson, P. J.
United States Department of Defense. Defense Science Board
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: No Epoch
Box Number: 132
Folder Number: 10
Unique Identifier:
BBBCTY
Accession Number:
122
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Public Service
SubSeries: Defense Science Board (DSB)
SubSubSeries: Correspondence
SubSubSubSeries: General
Folder: 1979-1981
Transcript:
P. J. Berenson
[stamped, AUG 11 1979]
DSB-SS/UC
The attached was on my desk today. A quick glance on my part suggests it is worth reading. It may also suggest resources for further analytical work.
That report ought, in the main, to be unclassified. May I get a sanitized copy here?
Defense procurement is so important to the national economy that I am not sure that reducing dollar cost to the DoD on a given item ought to be the sole aim. Else we're sure to pay again for bailouts (Rolls Royce, Lockheed, Chrysler) or, if not, in other social costs.
Rand
R2481-DOE
[END PAGE ONE]
[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
Would there be some merit in calling a workshop of leading economists to work over the macroeconomies of defense procurement policy? Ask John Sawhill or Charlie Hitch to take a look?
My own view is that we design and pay for systems supposed to last forever; and the environment changes more quickly. Lowest unit cost may end up depriving us of the particular unit we most urgently need at a given time.
J.
[stamped, Box 115
1230 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 360-1234]
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