Education: What Is the IDA?

The Institute for Defense Analyses, a civilian research arm of the Government, seems to have replaced the CIA and Dow Chemical Co. as a focus of academic antiwar protests. Under pressure from students and faculty alike, President George W. Beadle last week canceled the University of Chicago's affiliation with the Institute. University ties with IDA have also come under fire at Columbia, Princeton and Michigan.*

Protests against IDA are somewhat misplaced, since the Institute has nothing directly to do with prosecution of the war in Viet Nam. Most of its work consists of evaluating the effectiveness of weapons systems for the Department...