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3/29/36 Meorandum for Noble Mar: Re.: S.O.S. Prosag. for inrysign ineseamb- 3/9/16 Thoese c ts ae subject to the reservation that it is often imossible, from a docmt alone, to tell just wht the author has in minda-also that I had oaly a day to stu4y the material. Taking the wdeormilk docnts at their nparent meanin. I would say they indicate a lack of understandin of how productive researh is usually conceived and &osomplished. he documents, including the Wreemnt, asnsue that hawing set up a string of specialists aeoss the field, eac will proeed to outline hat needs to be done in his field, and then pick himself a college or a series of colleges to ecte each of the projects he has selected. Tiis is all very logical, but I have never kloun mch productive wor to originzue in that way, The plan is all rigt up to the point of setting up the strine of secalists (assuing they are good enoug). The plan is all wrong from that point onward. At this point the sestmemtie nfolding of a omplete eoveraie of the field must be iropped-left haexI in mid-air as a thing of no further use eept as a point of reference. Freo mw on the search is solely for men with ideas (and in some oases areas of diagnostic imor- tance for sl* a ma to work on). Having fond. a man with an Idea, a cooprative agreement xny be built around him to facilitate his work. Pt- ting men into pro-existing cooperative aremnts and pro-eiiosting research scmes or organization diagrams is logical pe*haps in theory, but usually sterile and wasteful in practice. PerhaDs the S.C.S. realises this, but the documents give no Clue that they do. In fast, pararra-phs msh as B-1 (pae 2) leave the very positive impression that resoArh projects are to be selected by the S.C.S. chiefs, and then "assigned first to a oellege and then to the individual therein who hppens to ouy the indioated niche in the organization diasron. Paera B4 (Pake 3) further indicates (to me) a coplete mis- understanding of sound ognizaigtion. There are two alternative and entirely, distinct schemes: (1) Te college should be solely repnsible for selecting the man to exeute a project (thouh the S.C.S. might ve properly reserve to itself an O.K. of rach selection). The frnction of the .,,, is then to draw the mrse-strings shut wen a bd choice has been ende. (2) The S.C.S. ahomld assipn one of its man to a college to do a given job. In vach eent the college *iold reserve to itself the o.K. of the 3.0.3. selection.