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Long-Term Research Plan and FY 95 Research Agenda.

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The research plan of the National Defense Research Institute is a means for RAND and DoD to agree and document how this particular FFRDC Federally Funded Research and Development Center is to be used in the future. In the plan, NDRI hopes to capture the long-term research priorities DoD wishes to emphasize, recognizing that these priorities could change as events unfold. The plan also addresses the most pressing concerns of DoD policymakers. Setting research directions will help NDRI invest in capabilities for the future, while also fostering the kind of continuity expected of an FFRDC. The document explicitly sets forth the FFRDC resources required to carry out the desired research, thus providing a baseline for stable annual funding and for staff planning. We solicit DoDs comments and concurrence on our long-term research strategy. The NDRI Long-Term Research Plan has two parts The first describes a long-term research strategy that is based on interactions with our DoD sponsors, our own assessment of major national security issues, and our ideas about how RANDs analytical capability can best serve our sponsors in the years to come. The second part describes the a research agenda for FY 1995 as of March 1995. This research plan takes into account the adjustments that the Department of Defense has already made since the end of the Cold War. However, the plan does not assume that a steady state has been achieved or that current policies are immutable. Thus, it identifies research to be done within the current framework as well as research not confined by todays policies, as should be expected of an FFRDC that has both independence and a long-range perspective.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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