The ‘Think Tank’ Thinks Of Setting India Shop; Top Honchos In Town

New Delhi, April 23: | Updated: Apr 24 2002, 05:30am hrs
RAND, a US non-profit organisation, created in 1946 by the US Air Force, is working on opportunities to set up a research and analysis operation in India. A team of top RAND executives, including president and CEO James Thomson, V-P and director Air Force project Natalle Crawford, director RAND center for Middle East policy Jerrold Green, director Rand Center for Asia-Pacific policy Nina Hachigian, director RAND national security research division Jeff Isaacson, and chairman board of RAND trustees Ron Olson is in New Delhi holding meetings in the ministries of external affairs and defence, the Prime Minister’s Office, and top corporate and policy confederations. The group is also visiting Mumbai.

RAND (a contraction of the term ‘research and development’) was the first organisation to be called “think tank” and has the US military community as its biggest client in an annual budget estimated at $150 million. Its staff of around 1,600 service clients in social and international issues on improving policy and decision making. Areas of expertise range from child policy to labour markets to transportation.

At present, RAND has four principal locations: Santa Monica, Arlington, Pittsburg, and Lenden in The Netherlands.

The think tank’s interest in setting up operations here assumes significance in the midst of growing defence co-operation between India and the US. The final plan on India will indeed depend on the impressions gathered during the delegation’s visit.