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In a phrase, “helping the Army” is the mission of RAND Arroyo Center, through mid- to long-term research on the Army's enduring analytical challenges; in-depth analyses of major policy issues affecting the Army on the near-term horizon; and special, quick-response support on today's most urgent problems. Now in its 26th year of operation, Arroyo delivers products that reflect RAND's broader institutional principles — especially a dedication to high-quality, objective, and nonpartisan research and analysis. The work also reflects a close, collaborative engagement with the Army's senior leadership.

This annual report describes the breadth and depth of RAND Arroyo Center projects undertaken in fiscal year 2008. It also provides a comprehensive overview of the full range of Arroyo's research products and services, featuring short summaries of noteworthy studies and highlighting the contributions and achievements of selected researchers. As the Army strives to rebalance current wartime demands and long-term institutional requirements, RAND Arroyo Center stands ready to provide the objective insights necessary to make rational choices among imperfect, uncertain, and often competing options.

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