Feature stories discuss the implications of climate change for the Colorado River Basin and the Sierra Nevada, the burdens borne by military caregivers, the drawbacks of joint aircraft programs, and growing inequalities across the European Union.
Apr 1, 2014
Incorporating different service requirements in a single joint aircraft design can lead to greater program complexity, increased technical risk, and weight in excess of what an individual service needs, and these factors can increase program costs.
Jan 22, 2014
This report analyzes whether multiservice joint aircraft acquisition programs actually save Life Cycle Cost, and the implications that joint fighter programs can have for the health of the industrial base and operational and strategic risk.
Dec 16, 2013
These appendixes explain the methodology used in an analysis of whether multiservice joint aircraft acquisition programs actually save Life Cycle Cost.
Dec 16, 2013
Reducing Long-Term Costs While Preserving a Robust Strategic Airlift Fleet: Options for the Current Fleet and Next-Generation Aircraft
This monograph presents the results of a cost-effectiveness analysis to determine the best way to recapitalize the USAF intertheater (strategic) airlift fleet, which will be reaching the end of its service life in the next few decades.
Jan 31, 2013
Building on RAND work examining the cost-effectiveness of modernizing the U.S. Air Force's KC-10 aerial refueling tanker to comply with airspace modernization mandates, this study extended the analysis to the C-5, C-17, C-130, and KC-135 fleets.
Dec 6, 2012
The Air Force is considering upgrades to the KC-10 in several areas. An assessment of options to upgrade the KC-10 weighed the costs and potential benefits of the upgrades against demands in different types of operations and KC-10 roles.
Feb 25, 2011
This functional solution analysis assesses changes to current U.S. Air Force operations to determine whether a nonmateriel solution could close the capability gap identified in the functional needs analysis.
Feb 24, 2011
Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Modernizing the KC-10 to Meet Global Air Traffic Management Mandates
Without modernization, the U.S. Air Force's KC-10 air refueling fleet will not be in compliance with upcoming worldwide air traffic mandates. An analysis of the cost-effectiveness of the required KC-10 upgrades revealed a net cost avoidance.
Oct 14, 2009
This research brief describes an analysis that assessed alternatives for recapitalization of the ageing KC-135 air tanker fleet.
Mar 9, 2006
Aerial refueling is critical to U.S. military and national security strategy; this analysis assessed alternatives for recapitalization of the ageing KC-135 fleet.
Mar 6, 2006
The United States and Europe Should Work Together to Build a Multinational Global Navigation Satellite System
U.S.-European cooperation on a global navigation satellite system could offer economic benefits, enhance service for the global community, and reduce civilian demands on the U.S. GPS.
Nov 25, 2005
Evaluation of the economic impact that could result from the implementation and operation of Galileo in the presence of GPS.
May 9, 2005
How Much Is Enough? Sizing the Deployment of Baggage Screening Equipment by Considering the Economic Cost of Passenger Delays
How much baggage-screening equipment is necessary to maximize safety while minimizing disruption of passenger flow?
Sep 30, 2004
How Much Is Enough? Sizing the Deployment of Baggage Screening Equipment to Minimize the Cost of Flying: Executive Summary
How much baggage scanning equipment should be deployed at airports in order to minimize the overall costs to the flying public while preserving security at the desired level?
Sep 28, 2004
Can positive passenger profiling lower the overall costs of airport security while minimizing the inconvenience to the flying public and retaining airport security at a high level?
Sep 28, 2004
This report focuses specifically on the effects of material mix, manufacturing techniques, and geometric part complexity on the cost of military airframes.
Jan 1, 2001
The generation of more timely cost-estimating models would thus appear to form the cornerstone of sound acquisition policy. Address this issue by updating existing cost-estimating methodologies in the critical area of military airframes.
Jan 1, 2001
Based on an analysis of the commercial aerospace industry and on the experiences of various acquisition reform pilot programs, the authors conclude that a commercial-like acquisition approach could benefit major Air Force acquisition programs.
Jan 1, 2000
This report discusses trends in the international arms markets, how transfers of weapons and technology are controlled, the economics of arms exports, and the relationship between arms exports and a country's economy.
Jan 1, 1996
Key economic and military trends in China, Taiwan, the United States, Japan, Korea, and India will likely indicate the future of Asia's security environment.
Jan 1, 1995
This report presents a simple equilibrium model of the cocaine industry in Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia.
Jan 1, 1994
This paper presents a simple equilibrium model of the cocaine industry in Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia.
Jan 1, 1993
This issue paper examines arguments that defense conversion requires a different response from that to normal industrial turnover.
Jan 1, 1993
This Note presents estimates of certain key economic and military trends for the period 1950-2010 for 15 countries (the United States, the Soviet Union, Japan, China, West Germany, the United Kingdom, France, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Egypt...
Jan 1, 1989
The effect that defenses have on crisis stability is one of the central issues in the current debate over the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Crisis stability would be threatened in a situation in which either the United States or the Soviet Unio...
Jan 1, 1989
Uses the Hopkins-Kennedy optimal control model of the Soviet Union to explore the implications of and make comparisons between three "worlds" (views) that hold differing assumptions concerning the nature of the Soviet economy.
Jan 1, 1984
This study develops a relatively new approach to the modeling of the Soviet economy that uses optimal control theory.
Jan 1, 1982
The authors explain the peculiar result of very rapid recovery that has caused anxiety in targeting deliberations. They discuss the aims of a U.S. retaliatory blow.
Jan 1, 1981
Assesses the contributions of improvement in manpower and organization quality to military effectiveness of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, plus Iran and Turkey.
Jan 1, 1979