RAND Receives $417M DOD Policy Research Support Contract

The RAND Corp. will conduct policy research and analysis work for the Department of Defense’s acquisition and sustainment office under a potential five-year, $417 million contract from the Washington Headquarters Services.

DOD said Friday the nonprofit think tank’s federally funded National Defense Research Institute will study policies in the topic areas of acquisition and technology; forces and resources; cyber and intelligence; international security and defense; and U.S. Navy and Marine forces.

The Pentagon sought assistance from RAND to help inform national security decision-making at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Department of the Navy and unified combatant commands.

Services under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will allow NDRI sponsors to continue an integrated research program to address policy challenges, DOD noted.

The department did not obligate funds at the time of award and expects contractor support to finish by Dec. 31, 2025.

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