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.