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RAND research is conducted on a uniquely broad front for clients around the globe that include both the public and private sectors. Research and analysis are carried out by three divisions that address social and economic policy issues, both in the United States and overseas; by four federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) that focus on U.S. national security policy issues; and by RAND's wholly owned subsidiaries, RAND Europe and RAND Australia.

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Directory

  • Technical and operational research and analysis to aid the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    homeland security, counterterrorism, border security, cyber security, emergency preparedness
  • The United States Army's only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for studies and analysis

    Army Military Research, Arroyo Center
    • U.S. Army, US Army, readiness, force readiness, defense, operational forces, industrial base, military equipment, mobility, operational concepts, alternative force structures, acquisition reform, cyber, cyber-warfare, cyber warfare, cost-estimating, military deployment
    • U.S. Army, US Army, psychological health, invisible wounds, veterans, veteran's affairs, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), medical deployment, medicine, army medicine, army doctor, army nurse, deployed medic, soldier mobility, recruit, recruiting, recruiters, soldier pay, pay, promote, promotion, retention, active, active forces, national guard, reserve, reserves, reserve forces, contractor, military contractor, personnel, personnel management, gender diversity, deployment
    • U.S. Army, US Army, security environment, force structure, battlefield, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, ISR, defense, command and control, counterinsurgency
  • Improving policy and decisionmaking for Australian sponsors

    Australia, Canberra, health, community and economic development, education, defence
  • Dedicated to improving education and expanding economic opportunities for all through research and analysis

    summer learning, early childhood education, teacher effectiveness, value-added modeling, standards-based reforms, accountability, and testing, educational technology, 21st century skills, charter schools, K-12 education reform, educational equity, aging, labor markets and human capital, children and families, social insurance and welfare, financial and economic decision making, disabilities, international development
  • More than 25 years of not-for-profit research by the European subsidiary of the RAND Corporation

    European Union, modelling, evaluation and impact, innovation, healthcare, defence
    • cyber security and cybercrime, information assurance, defence acquisition, defense planning, terrorism, security, and resilience, EU border control, complex weapons, crime and reoffending, recidivism, illicit markets, substance misuse, migration and integration, community cohesion, drug strategy, transport and travel demand modeling, high speed rail
    • workforce, skills systems, gender equality, children, well-being, workplace safety, consumer responsiveness, consumer preferences, Sub-Saharan Africa, HIV/AIDS, cash transfers, good governance, malaria, HIV prevention
    • funding and supporting science, translational research, internet, public-private partnerships, research governance, competitiveness, scientific research, healthcare governance, public health, population health assessments, hospital leadership, HIV/AIDS and ARVs antiretroviral therapy, healthcare quality, discrete choice modeling, health sector modeling, logic models, frameworks, programme and project evaluation, impact assessment, futures analysis
  • The most trusted source of objective health care policy research

    obesity, substance abuse, medicaid and medicare, affordable care act (ACA), quality of care, end-of-life care, health information technology (IT), maternal, child, and adolescent health, public health and health systems preparedness
    • health financing, health care costs, health care spending, medicaid, medicare, affordable care act (ACA), health care markets, health care access, health care enrollment, health insurance
    • health outcomes, health care access, neighborhood health, community health, community mental health, environmental health, vulnerable populations, race/ethnicity and health, gender disparities in health
    • Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, hurricanes, coastal protection and restoration, community resilience, flood insurance program
    • health care technology, health care quality measurement and improvement, health care performance measures, Agency for Healthcare Research and quality (AHRQ), health evidence evaluation, comparative effectiveness, systematic reviews
    • CAPP, India, China, Phillipines, Australia, Sino-US Relations, Sino-U.S. Relations, Chinese military, Chinese population, Indian military, Indian population, Asia demography, Asian demographics, U.S.-Asia relations, North Korea, South Korea, Republic of Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Korea
    • Air Travel, Airline Security, Terrorism, Airport Security, global security environment, threat assessment, threat prediction, risk management, risk assessment, security leaks, information leaks
    • Iran, Iraq, Syria, Persian Gulf, Gulf Cooperation Council, Democratic Transitions Muslim Identity, Islam, Yemen, Egypt Elections, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, North Africa, Mahgreb, Israelis and Palestinians, West Bank, Terrorism, Rule of Law, Middle Eastern Youth, Middle East Youth
    • The World Bank, Soviet Union, Former Soviet States, USSR, Cold War, Yugoslavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Europe
  • Conducts research and analysis for all national security sponsors other than the U.S. Air Force and the Army

      • ATP, national defense, Navy, Coast Guard, military technology, cyber, cyber-attach, cyber attack, cyber defense, cyber-defense, ballistic missile, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), information warfare, force modernization and employment, counterterrorism, joint force cooperation, force cooperation, counterinsurgency, insurgency, Australian Navy, Australian Air Force
      • IPC, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), defense intelligence agency, internet privacy, data fusion, data synthesis, geospatial awareness, military technology, data analysis, threat identification, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency
      • FRP, national defense, force management, force readiness, military health, invisible wounds, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), psychological health, treatment, medical / medicine, TRICARE, wounded warrior, active forces, active duty, reserve forces, Navy reserves, child care, veterans, veteran affairs, US Navy, U.S. Navy, joint operations, gender diversity, force deployment, Military Suicides
      • ISDP, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, failed states, stabilization efforts, diplomatic solutions, political environment, arms proliferation and control, Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMD), nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, tactics, Air Travel, Airport Security, Airline Security, Air Transportation
  • Since its founding in 1946, PAF has remained the U.S. Air Force's only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) concerned entirely with studies and analyses.

    • FMEP, defense, U.S. Air Force (USAF), US Air Force, risk assessment, force mobility, long range strike, cyber, cyber-attack, cyber attack, information warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), combat air forces, command and control, nuclear proliferation
    • MPT, workforce size and composition, recruiting, military recruiting, pay, promote, promotion, military career field, retention, active duty, active forces, air national guard, reserves, reserve component, reserve forces, military contractor, airman, airmen, deployment
    • RMP, DoD policies and practices, military logistics, force readiness, military privatization, privatized military, military contracting, national defense, U.S. Air Force (USAF), US Air Force, cost-estimating, military acquisition
    • SDR, defense strategy and planning, defense planning, regional analysis, security environment, space power, U.S. Air Force (USAF), US Air Force, joint operations, force development, strategic airlift, ballistic missile, missile defense
  • Building safe, healthy, and thriving communities

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