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Issue No.02 - April-June (2005 vol.27)
pp: 39-51
ABSTRACT
The author notes his MIT background and transition from MIT Lincoln Laboratory to Bolt Beranek and Newman. He sketches the Arpanet project at BBN from his position as project leader, and he describes BBN's unusual mix of government-funded R&D and commercial activity, including issues and anecdotes involving government contracting, overhead rates, and employee motivation.
INDEX TERMS
Whirlwind, ARPANET, R&D environment, staffing, clients, rewards, chargability, commercial business
CITATION
Frank Heart, "Leading a Top-Notch R&D Group in the BBN Environment", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.27, no. 2, pp. 39-51, April-June 2005, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2005.29
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