RAND Corporation

RAND Corporation (Research ANd Development) is an American nonprofit global policy think tank originally formed by Douglas Aircraft Company to offer research and analysis to the United States Armed Forces. It is financed by the U.S. government and private endowment, corporations including the health care industry, universities and private individuals. The organization has expanded to work with other governments, private foundations, international organizations, and commercial organizations on a host of non-defense issues. RAND aims for interdisciplinary and quantitative problem solving via translating theoretical concepts from formal economics and the physical sciences into novel applications in other areas, that is, via applied science and operations research.

“To achieve key national security objectives, the U.S. government and U.S. Department of Defense must effectively and credibly communicate with a broad range of foreign audiences.”

RAND Report: How the Past Can Inform the Present and Future

"Since its 2008 incursion into Georgia (if not before), there has been a remarkable evolution in Russia's approach to propaganda."

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This report presents a comprehensive examination of the organization, territorial designs, management, personnel policies, and finances of ISI and AQI, both predecessors of the IS.

This report assesses the campaign against the Islamic State, focusing on the military and political lines of effort.