Fostering Innovation in the Defense Department: Examples from RAND's Federally Funded Research and Development Centers
Jul 8, 2016
RAND houses three defense-based federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs): the Arroyo Center, sponsored by the U.S. Army; the National Defense Research Institute, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other elements of the Department of Defense; and Project AIR FORCE, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. These centers apply the research capital they have developed over the years to help decisionmakers solve problems and often save money as well. This publication lists and summarizes some RAND projects, undertaken over the past several years, that have helped save the government money or identified ways to do so. Dollar amounts are estimated. Benefits of these projects include savings achieved or under way (e.g., from studies of intratheater airlift and DoD supply chain integration), savings projected if RAND recommendations are implemented by the government (e.g., from studies of military retirement reforms and F-35 cost management alternatives), and savings enabled by RAND's independent validation.