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The Program works with
and makes its findings available to senior decisionmakers in government—in all
branches, in both political parties, and over succeeding administrations…
I suggest you make direct contact with my Policy Planning Staff and Bureau of Intelligence and Research …send them along to either Winston Lord, Director of Policy Planning, or Bill Hyland who heads our Intelligence and Research shop. This, I think, will establish a good point of contact which can provide a means to develop mutual cooperation between the Program and the Department.
Henry A. Kissinger
Secretary of State, 1974
I am honored to be included among those listed as participating.
William E. Colby
Director, Central Intelligence Agency, 1977
Keep those cards,
letters, and working papers coming in. If I can’t read them, I will make
sure my staff does.
Charles D. Ferris
Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, 1978
My Federal Agency
is only a year old as of yesterday, but it owes some of the impetus for
its formation to spade work begun by Mr. Oettinger, Mr. LeGates and your
colleagues for the past several years.... Your Program has also been a
source of important substantive ideas and insights. I myself have cribbed
Director, International Communications Agency, 1979
I wish I had discovered
this place two years ago before I went to the FCC. I'm sure I could have
had two more productive years had I had a chance to talk to you beforehand.
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, 1981
Thanks for your
summary on Telecommunications Costs and Prices. It is at the same time
lucid and thought provoking. I truly value independent perspective.
Mark S. Fowler
Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, 1982
an extraordinary experience for me. Thank you for sharing your time, energy,
and knowledge. I hope we can do so again and again.
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, 1982
keeping me in the loop on your study efforts. Perhaps we can discuss Chapter
8 and succeeding chapters when you are in town.
John W. Vessey,
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1982
I would be deeply
honored to participate in any way you think appropriate in your follow-up
volume, "Options and Implications." Please let me know how I can help.
General P. X.
Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1983
You are like a
breath of fresh air blowing through a miasma of hot air, which permeates
the national dialogue on telephony. You are the only one I have met in
the last fourteen years…who understands the situation, articulates it,
and does so without prejudice.
Edward P. Larkin
Chairman, New York Public Service Commission, 1984
Overall the comprehensiveness
of this study makes it a document of considerable significance, both to
us and no doubt to the Policy Community as well. A major value of this
document to us is the background it provides for the whole policy question
William J. Casey
Director of Central Intelligence, 1984
In the course
of its work on developing the JCS bill, the Investigations Subcommittee,
which I chair, has benefited significantly from the studies authored by
retired General J. H. Cushman. I understand that the Program on Information
Resources Policy has sponsored General Cushman’s work, and commend you
for supporting a project that is having an immediate, constructive impact
as the Congress frames the future structure of the defense establishment.
would give the Commission an opportunity to hear the views of someone
with expertise in telecommunications who is not bound to represent any
particular interest. We would therefore like to make your presentation
the first item on the agenda.
G. Mitchell Wilk
President, California Public Utilities Commission, 1987
This is an extremely
important subject and one highly relevant to our mission at USIA. I will
make sure that your book is widely circulated within the Agency.
Charles Z. Wick
Director, United States Information Agency, 1987
Your study is
particularly timely, and I intend to review it closely as the Committee
and the Congress move to full legislative consideration of the Administration’s
Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1987
I want to thank
you for the time you spent with us yesterday and for your frank discussion
of the issues. In this business, it isn’t often that we meet with unbiased
experts, and it is very helpful to know that a resource like yours is
Lila M. Sapinsley
Commissioner, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, 1988
I've had time
to read over more of the draft…and I must say I am quite enthusiastic
and impressed. It is the best thing of its kind I’ve seen.
Robert T. Herres
Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1988
The Program on
Information Resources Policy, through its independent and incisive analyses,
free from special interest and partisan considerations, has helped me
and my predecessors cut through the noise and get to the bottom of important
public policy issues in the communications and information field.
years, the Harvard Program has become an indispensable institution on
which policymakers in both the public and private sector have come to
depend for truthful and fearless advice, even if its views have run sometimes
counter to popular or conventional wisdom. For a Congressman to deal with
people who are in fact impartial and competent is a rare experience. I
recognize this program and your work as being critical to the development
of sound telecommunications policy, and I support your continued efforts
to examine these important issues.
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, 1991
For many years,
the Senate Armed Services Committee has benefited from the analysis prepared
by the Program on Information Resources Policy. The Program’s work on
military command and control was especially helpful during the Committee’s
three-year project in defense reorganization.
Senator Sam Nunn
Chairman, Committee on Armed Services, 1991
(Longstaff’s draft is) the best thing I ever read in the field. I need another copy. Senator McCain is reading it and won’t let it go.
John McCain/Mark Buse
Senator John McCain’s office, 1995
Thank you for sending me copies of your fine publications. They were quite thought –provoking. I was impressed with their breadth and scope. I enjoyed our lunch also and found the conversation fascinating. I hope we can get together again in the near future.
Eugene A. Ludwig
Comptroller of the Currency, 1996
I have always valued insights and stimulating discourse on information management issues which allow us to do our work more efficiently. Your rich background in information systems contributed greatly to our discussions.
Patrick M. Hughes
Director Defense Intelligence Agency, 1997
...and leaders in industry.
is a distinguished contribution not only to the world of research and
to your university, but to all of us whose life is caught up in the business
Robert D. Lilley
President, American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1974
We have been looking
for several years to find some source external to our own industry that
is looking objectively and with perspective at the entire information
industry. Yours is the only one that I have seen, and we would like to
Robert G. Marbut
President and CEO, Harte-Hanks Newspapers, Inc., 1975
Certainly, this dialogue and the availability of expert opinion should have an impact on the formulation of important new policy which will be formed in the months and years ahead.
Howard R. Hawkins
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RCA, 1975
Please list my
name as the recipient of the information and requests from your organization.
I will assign the material to appropriate individuals depending on the
C. Gus Grant
President, SPCommunications, 1977
A note again to say how much I enjoyed being a part of your program, in both capacities.
William F. Kerby
Chairman of the Board, Dow Jones and Company, Inc. 1977
Last week’s conference
was the finest I have ever attended.
John R. Bennett
President, Transamerica Information Services, 1977
We are appreciative
of the constructive work that you have been doing, particularly in the
postal arena, and we certainly hope that you will continue to contribute
to clearer thinking about the Postal Service here in this country.
Chairman, Reader's Digest, 1978
The Program you
have fashioned is both important and serves the increasing timely interests
of the Corporation.
A. M. Zarem
Chairman, Xerox Development Corporation, 1979
day we think, and I often speak, of the admirable role of your program
in introducing both knowledge and rationale into these issues of our future.
William O. Baker
Chairman, Bell Laboratories, 1979
You and your associates did a superb job with the presentation from the Center before the ANPA Board in Chicago.
Allen H. Neuharth
Chairman and President, Gannett , 1980
I think that you have a unique perspective both because of your experience and understanding of the issues in the telecommunications field, and because of the fact that you carry on “relations” with all sides.
Robert F. Erburu
President and Chief Executive Officer, Times Mirror, 1981
I found the session
Chairman, Citicorp, 1985
division of media into substance, format, and process has been an extremely
helpful analytical tool.
Chairman, ON Technology, 1989
helped my cabinet members confirm that we’re on the right track with our
James A. Smith
Colorado Vice President, U S West, 1989
also work with support people at all levels in government…
need your help! I look forward to your views on our 1978 priorities, and
I trust you will keep me on your mailing list. Let me know when you will
be in Washington next.
Richard M. Neustadt
Assistant Director, Domestic Policy Staff, The White House, 1978
Generally I think
it’s so worthwhile it should be widely circulated. You should circulate
it fast. The Administration is making a few moves…which could mean an
eventual coordination of the policy-making machinery.
George M. Kroloff
Administrative Assistant to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign
I continue to
look forward to receiving these reports—they are uniformly excellent and
cover subjects that are relevant to my duties. As a result, I often send
them to my subordinates and superiors for review.
C. Norman Wood
Brigadier General, USAF, Deputy Director for the NSTL, 1984
Your center is
a gold mine of information—and I very much appreciate your thoughtfulness
in filling up my reading file with such helpful and insightful materials.
"You could have used
my name if you hadn’t asked"
Executive Office of the President, 1990
Thank you so much
for laying the groundwork for our discussions on the implications of EC'92
on the information industry.… As always when NLM calls upon the Harvard
Program on Information Resources Policy, it comes through with flying
Kent A. Smith
Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine
President, National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services,
Your chart of information
industries revenues will save us and our consultants many hundreds of
hours of labor. I am especially grateful for your willingness to send
a handwritten table prior to publication—we will guard it with our lives.
Charles M. Oliver
Director, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, CBS, Inc., 1981
Without the materials
you loaned us we would have had an impossible task. Even more help than
the materials, though, was the problem-solving discussion you had with
Sometimes I get
so enamored with the merits of the argument that I tend to lose the perspective
of how such decisions are usually made. Thanks, that's another one I owe
John R. Hoffman
Senior Vice President, External Affairs, US Sprint, 1988
In just a few
short hours you were able to challenge my thinking and stretch the bounds
of what I thought was reasonable behavior for the computer world.
Michael J. Riley
Vice President, Finance, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer, Lee Enterprises,
We found the draft
very interesting, enlightening, and extremely useful. Its primary value
has been to focus on the issues in a way that helps us take a fresh look
at where we stand on many HDTV issues.
Vice President, Engineering, NBC, 1990
I want both of
you to know that our luncheon session last month and your follow-on work
paid big dividends for us.
George H. Bolling
Vice President, Advanced Programs, COMSAT, 1990
The paper is an
excellent discussion of considerations that must be taken into account
when formulating information resource security policy.
C. S. Skrzypczak
Vice President, Science and Technology, NYNEX, 1990
work not only in the United States but also internationally…
you are both aware...I continue to be impressed by the high quality papers
to emerge from the Program.... This sort of "in depth" research...seems
to be almost unparalleled elsewhere, and we feel impelled to give this
form of research whatever favorable publicity we can. What seems even
more important is that some other organizations should follow in Harvard’s
footsteps, either in a European or, better still, a global context.
O. G. Robinson
International Press Telecommunications Council, HQ London, 1976
It was our pleasure
that we had the wide and detailed discussion on the problems about telecommunications
policies and protection of privacy.
Member of the House of Representatives, Chairman
Member of the House of Councilors, Chairman of Privacy Study Group
Member of the House of Representatives
Chairman, Communication Regulations Study Group, Japan, 1981
I thank you once
again for giving us the permission to publish Mr. McLaughlin’s study which
appears as one of the main contributions of this bulletin.
IDATE, France, 1982
Thank you very
much for taking time from your busy schedule to come to Bell Northern
Research to speak to us, and also for the special session in the afternoon.
John A. Roth
President, Bell Northern Research, Canada, 1983
There is no trace
of the mindless pap which passes as "debate on regulation."
Have now read
the C3I paper. Absolutely fascinating,
and very useful to me in preparing a speech I hope to make on the SDI
program later this week. The quality of the discussion was quite exceptional,
and kept me reading all weekend!
Ian Lloyd, M.P.
House of Commons, U.K., 1986
I must confess
with thanks that it was a wonderful experience during my short stay in
Harvard. I have obtained very helpful materials for my report and look
forward to meeting you in the near future.
Loh Chee Meng
Assistant Director, National Computer Board, Singapore, 1987
The role that
you played, as speaker, was absolutely central to this success.
Director, Federation Internationale des Editeurs de Journaux, HQ Paris,
I believe the
report is a major contribution to the analysis of the development of European
Telecommunications as we move towards 1992 and points to the major issues
in the Community’s outside relations in this context.
DGXIII, Telecommunications Policy Commission of the European Communities,
HQ Brussels, 1989
Our discussions were of great interest for the Senators, given the scope of the study on Canada’s international competitive position in communications.
Marie-P (Charette) Poulin
Chair, The Senate of Canada, Subcommittee on Communications, 1997
with policymakers who have other perspectives.
a wonderful paper, and with your permission, I’d like to cite some of
your data in various comments at the FCC and Congress…for the first time I was able to visualize a number of concepts that have, until now, been awfully blurred
Pierson, Ball & Dowd, 1977. Formerly Chairman, Federal Communications Commission; Republican National Chairman
distributed the 10 copies of the reports to the noted (in most cases nationally
famous) attorneys who comprise the [Science and Technology Section] Council
[of the American Bar Association]. You will be pleased to know that I
received several very positive comments on the reports. (In fact, the
interest generated by the reports was so keen that I gave away my personal
John C. Lautsch
Davis, Stafford, Kellman &Fenwick, 1979
We plan to use
the material in testimony to OMB. We will give credit to your program
at Harvard and the excellent work performed by your staff.
Robert R. Lovell
Director, Communications and Information Systems Division, National Aeronautics
and Space Administration, 1981
The Program is in our view the pre-eminent honest broker in the massive job of keeping track of what is happening to, and within, the industry that comprises the means of moving information from place to place.
Assistant to Executive Vice President, Communications Workers of America, 1981
I see your presence popping up all over the place, particularly in Washington. I hear this from other people as well.
Norfolk and Western Railway, 1981
There is no question at all that Washington looks at your work as an outside expert of very high credibility. I see your testimony reflected in their decisions as well as hearing about you in their discussions. Your work and your role are excellent.
American District Telegraph Corporation, 1981
I have noticed
recently that almost every thoughtful piece on the future of the communications
business acknowledges your work.
Noel C. R. Gunther
Dow, Lohnes &Albertson, 1982
confirms my…request…on behalf of the National Academy of Engineering,
Committee on NCS Initiatives, for twelve copies of the report on Network
Management. It will be provided to members of the committee to aid their
understanding of the network management issues as they consider various
NCS initiatives for various national emergency telecommunications planning
Lee M. Paschall
President and CEO, American Satellite Company, 1982
is little doubt that the program makes a major contribution in an area
where there are orders of magnitude more noise than clear signal.
Joe B. Wyatt
Chancellor, Vanderbilt University, 1982
I am sure this
will be useful to the work we are doing on the President’s National Security
Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and I will make sure that it gets
in the hands of our people that are working on the various subcommittees.
Edmund B. Fitzgerald
President, Northern Telecom, 1983
We are using the
information binder you gave me in developing ideas for both the Conflict
Clinic and the university-based Program on Negotiation.
John S. Murray
Acting Executive Director, The Conflict Clinic, Inc., 1983
H. Ginsberg, a Harvard Law School professor, became Deputy Assistant Attorney
General in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Ordinarily,
CLTR would not note such an appointment, but Ginsberg’s particular interests
have been in the communications and banking fields.… Ginsberg has completed
a study of interstate banking problems for… Harvard University’s think
tank in the computer and communications area.
Computer Law and
Tax Report, 1983
You were just
what we needed—an educational agent provocateur—and you did a great job.
In fact, the evaluation judged your performance "the most valuable aspect
of the symposium."
Cynthia Y. Levinson
Project Administrator, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 1983
will soon be chairing for the Defense Department a study of the impact
of semiconductor imports on US Defense preparedness. I expect this to
be a very contentious topic, and believe the report you forwarded to me
would be helpful in giving the members perspective.
Norman R. Augustine
Executive Vice President, Martin Marietta Corporation, 1985
David Charlton was very high in praise for you as the highest quality effort he has ever come in contact with.
Corning, Inc 1989
I am amazed at the religious fervor with which Apple is using your map. I was handed it as background reading for my meeting with Sculley, Chairman and Nagle, Chief Scientist. They said “this may take you a while”.
Newsweek (reporter), 1993
We encourage other programs
that wish to do similar work.
I am grateful
for your openness and willingness to help out a new kid on the block! In turn
I will stay in touch on the Annenberg developments on this end.
Christopher H. Sterling
Director, Center for Telecommunications Studies
George Washington University, 1982
are often cited or quoted in the trade press…
of the good and useful (and in nearly all cases, unique in approach and
content) papers from the Harvard Program on Information Resources Policy
have appeared in recent months.
Booknotes (subsequently, Communications Booknotes), 1978
These two studies…review
available facts of two complex and often puzzling international tragedies—the
Falklands War and the Soviet downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007. The
results are the more impressive in that they are all drawn from published
International Communication, 1984
This chapter is
the most succinct and analytical source yet available for elucidating
local distribution policy, planning, and marketing.
the Harvard Program is the ranking U.S. information analysis center on
information policy issues.
Computer News, 1985
in the mass media.
We have authored a cover
article for The New York Times Magazine, and we wrote the keynote article
for the centennial issue of Science. We have been quoted or cited in
the Economist, the Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune,
the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New York Times, the
San Francisco Examiner, Time, and many other widely read sources
of news and opinion. We have appeared on "All Things Considered," "The Cambridge
Forum," the "Voice of America," and all three national networks' morning programs.
reasons we most often quote for organizations affiliating or not…
If you say something supportive of the company, people will believe you
because we didn’t pay for it. If you say something unsupportive of the
company, we can deny it because we didn’t pay for it. We'll affiliate with
Robert D. Lilley
President, American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1973
I fail to understand the attractiveness of paying for something we can’t
I understand exactly what you boys are up to. But you need to understand
the last thing we need in this industry is truth.
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