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  • Military Recruitment

    Increasing Numbers of U.S. Army Recruits Enlist Some Years After High School

    Apr 23, 2014

    Rostker, et al.

    More than half of all U.S. Army recruits are choosing to join later in life instead of immediately after high school graduation. Older recruits tend to reenlist and receive promotions at greater rates than their younger peers. Among those surveyed, recruits who enlisted later were more concerned about the domestic job market and less concerned about external factors, such as opposition from family and friends.

  • Marijuana

    Developing Public Health Regulations for Marijuana: Lessons from Alcohol and Tobacco

    Apr 17, 2014

    Pacula, et al.

    Policymakers can better understand decisions surrounding legal marijuana by drawing on lessons learned from research on public health approaches to regulating alcohol and tobacco.

  • China

    A Liberated Yuan Is Likely to Fall

    Apr 22, 2014

    Wolf

    Some critics claim that the People's Bank of China is contriving to weaken the yuan's value to promote Chinese exports and stimulate the country's lagging growth. But the yuan's true value may be lower than some popular estimates, says Charles Wolf, Jr.

  • Parenting

    Take Charge with Teens' Auto Safety

    Apr 21, 2014

    Wasserman

    Driving is a risk that virtually all of us take on a daily basis, says Jeffrey Wasserman. But we can do much to mitigate risks and protect our children, our community, and ourselves.

  • Iran

    The Days After a Deal with Iran

    Apr 17, 2014

    Kaye, et al.

    What might the Middle East and U.S. policy look like in the days after a deal with Iran? Experts posit that a final nuclear agreement is reached with Iran and then examine the potential responses of two U.S. partners in the region: Israel and Saudi Arabia.

  • Military Force Planning

    Don't Chop the Air Force — Look to the Reserves

    Apr 11, 2014

    Davidson, et al.

    The Air Force's latest budget plan proposes to cut 25,000 airmen. The recommendations made by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force (NCSAF) offer an alternative — and less risky — way forward.

  • Caregivers

    Four Ways to Help Military Caregivers

    Apr 15, 2014

    Ramchand , et al.

    As momentum continues to build, stakeholders across the board should keep in mind four broad recommendations for how to help military caregivers.

  • Communication Technology

    Mapping Smart Cities in the EU

    Mar 25, 2014

    The RAND Corporation

    The European Parliament asked RAND Europe to provide background information and advice to their members on the role of Smart Cities initiatives and to explain how existing mechanisms perform. The researchers established a working definition of a Smart City and mapped the cities fitting this definition across the Member States. An analysis of the Smart Cities initiatives found that Smart Cities objectives should be more explicit, well defined and clearly aligned to city development, innovation plans and Europe 2020 to be successful.

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    Armed Aerial Drones and U.S. Security

    Apr 7, 2014

    Davis, et al.

    While armed drones are not truly transformative weapons, they do offer the United States some significant advantages, particularly against enemies that lack air defenses. How the United States uses these weapons today and into the future will be important in shaping a broader set of international norms that discourage their misuse by others.

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