ANSER is an independent public service institute incorporated in California in 1958 as a not-for-profit corporation.
We provide services to our clients through several mission areas focused on supporting the national and homeland security communities. The company is governed by a diverse and active Board of Directors from both the public and private sectors.
The corporation was originally established to support the Air Force, which needed a technically qualified, unbiased organization close to the Pentagon that could rapidly provide analysis for identified and evolving mission requirements. Shortly after it was established, ANSER became a Federal Contract Research Center (FCRC), one of nine such organizations including RAND, Aerospace, MITRE, CNA, and Lincoln Laboratory. As an FCRC, the corporation was bound to serve a single client by way of the Air Force Director of Development Planning, later reorganized as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.
After releasing its FCRC designation in 1976, ANSER began to work for numerous Air Force tenants, other Department of Defense components, and select federal agencies. On the occasion of the corporation’s 25th anniversary in 1983, the late Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr wrote:
ANSER studies and technical approaches have served to illuminate…issues related to the research, development, and acquisition of almost every major Air Force weapon system over the past quarter of a century. ANSER’s work has been marked by quality, responsiveness, and objectivity.
Since then we have continued to consistently provide unbiased, timely, and innovative advice to our clients. Due to our outstanding performance over the last 60 years, we have expanded our analytic and technical support to public and private sector clients throughout the national and homeland security communities.
Today, ANSER still adheres to the principles we established in 1958: