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How Think Tanks Interact with the Military

by Michael D. Rich

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Think tanks that work with defense and intelligence agencies once focused exclusively on regional and functional topics, but these organizations are now also being called upon to help the military address the new challenges of terrorism and homeland security. RAND researchers, who have been studying terrorism for more than 30 years, are now helping decisionmakers develop a comprehensive analytical approach to defending against terrorism attacks and, at the same time, they are doing an increased amount of research on other issues for governments around the world.

Originally published in: U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda, v. 7, no. 3, November 2002, pp. 22-25.

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