US-based global policy think tank RAND Corporation's Project Air Force Federally Funded Research and Development Centre has secured research contract worth $231m to provide advisory and assistance services to US Air Force (USAF).
Under the terms of the indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, RAND will complete research studies to determine air, space and cyber power requirements for the USAF.
RAND will conduct study to evaluate USAF's future strategy and plans for cybersecurity and cyber war, as well as war in space.
The research will centre on strategy and doctrine, force modernisation and employment, manpower, personnel, and training, resource management and Air Force-wide research integration.
Work under the contract will be carried out at the RAND's facility in Santa Monica, California.
The research is schedule for completion by 31 March, 2021.
Last year, RAND conducted a study which revealed the persistent shortage of pilots in the USAF due to a wide gap between the requirements for a fighter pilot and the force's capacity to train them.
Earlier, Reuters had reported that the USAF is facing a shortage of more than 500 fighter pilots, which is expected to widen to more than 800 by 2022.