RAND's Project Air Force was started to conduct analysis on issues of concern to the Department of the Air Force leaders. They work to address the questions:
- What will be the role of air and space power in the future security environment?
- How should the force be modernized to meet changing operational demands?
- What should be the size and characteristics of the department's work force, and how can that work force be most effectively recruited, trained, and retained?
- How should sustainment, acquisition, and infrastructure be streamlined to control costs?
These questions and the Department of the Air Force's need to analytic support has led to the establishment of four research programs representing Project Air Force's core capabilities:
- Strategy and Doctrine
- Force Modernization and Employment
- Manpower, Personnel, and Training
- Resource Management
Originally started as Project RAND, Project Air Force was established in 1946 by General H.H. Arnold as a way of retaining the benefits of civilian scientific thinking demonstrated during World War II. Project Air Force remains the only Department of the Air Force federally funded research and development center concerned with studies and analyses rather than systems engineering or scientific laboratories.