The RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD) conducts research and analysis for all national security sponsors other than the U.S. Air Force and the Army. The division includes the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) whose sponsors include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the defense agencies, and the Department of the Navy. NSRD also conducts research for the U.S. intelligence community and the ministries of defense of U.S. allies and partners.
NSRD's national security research is conducted within five centers:
- Acquisition and Technology Policy
- Forces and Resources Policy
- Homeland Security and Defense Center
- Intelligence Policy
- International Security and Defense Policy