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RAND distances itself from Iran report, author

The RAND Corporation is distancing itself from a report that suggests Iran may have the ability to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon within two months.

The report was produced by RAND adjunct staff member Gregory S. Jones, but not under the think tank’s auspices, as many media outlets have erroneously reported. The paper was published by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. In a release, RAND said the paper “was not related to a RAND project and not reviewed for quality and objectivity by RAND.”

RAND is clearly concerned about the potential repercussions of the report.

Some media outlets have gone so far as to suggest that RAND, via the paper, advocated an attack on Iran to halt its development of nuclear materials. RAND has done no such thing. RAND is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to rigorous research and analysis, and we believe it is important to correct such errors in coverage.

RAND recently produced a major report by Lynn E. Davis on U.S. policy options for deterring Iran.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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