National Security Research Division

RAND's National Security Research Division (NSRD) advances understanding of the world's most pressing security threats and develops policies and strategies to help U.S. and allied government policymakers mitigate and defend against those threats. Our research priorities include deterring China and Russia—and thereby averting a worst-case, catastrophic, great-power war (i.e., WWIII); managing the risks and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and other advanced technologies; preparing more effectively for the dynamic impacts of climate change on geopolitics and U.S. military operations; strengthening alliances; and ensuring the health, well-being, and readiness of the Joint Force to execute the U.S. National Defense Strategy. Undergirding our research priorities is a deep commitment to fostering the next generation of national security strategists and policy leaders.

NSRD operates the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), whose primary mission is to support the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Combatant Commands, the Joint Staff, the defense agencies, and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. NSRD also supports numerous non-Department of Defense (DoD) clients, including non-DoD Intelligence Community (IC) organizations, such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); other U.S. government agencies, such as the Department of State (DoS); international governments, such as Australia; and foundations focused on national security.

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