RAND Army Research Division

Recent Publications and News

  • Inventory Reduction Without Regret: Balancing Storage and Rebuy Costs

    Jun 17, 2015

    The Army's parts inventory is seen by some as a source of waste, but disposing of too much inventory can increase long-term costs. The Army should assess the cost of inventory not on its total dollar value but instead on factors such as storage costs, repair costs, and the risk of rebuy.

  • A Framework to Assess the U.S. Global Defense Posture

    Jun 1, 2015

    Changes to Army global positioning depend on the need for greater robustness, faster responsiveness, or deepening a critical security and defense relationship in a given region. A RAND-developed framework may be useful in helping combatant commands plan and assess trade-offs in making these decisions.

  • Comparing U.S. Army Systems with Foreign Counterparts

    May 13, 2015

    To address possible capability gaps in its systems, the U.S. Army should examine options for countering long-range rockets, support research and development in robotics, consider approaches to lighten the loads for infantrymen, and examine the need for a new specialized manned reconnaissance aircraft.

  • Measuring and Managing Army Supply Chain Risk

    May 7, 2015

    Researchers developed a NIIN-based methodology in order to assess the supply chain risks that are most critical to the Army, as well as to assess supply chain risk by weapons system and supplier. This methodology may be valuable in helping Army Materiel Command reduce risks stemming from its contracting processes.

  • Demands and Requirements for Ultra-Light Tactical Mobility

    Apr 2, 2015

    Vehicles such as ATVs and motorcycles, as well as pack animals, are informally classified by the Army as ultra-light tactical mobility (UTM). UTM can potentially increase operational flexibility, but as the Army plans for future use, it should consider likely impact, risks and threats, and emerging technologies in its investment decisions.

  • Enhancing Army Airborne Forces

    Jan 26, 2015

    U.S. Army airborne forces could play a pivotal role in key missions in the future, particularly against hybrid threats and in anti-access environments. However, they face serious threats that could become more severe. To overcome these new threats, the airborne force will need new capabilities.

  • Measuring and Retaining the U.S. Army's Deployment Experience

    Nov 18, 2014

    The Army has contributed the bulk of deployed U.S. troops since 9/11, and has accrued substantial deployment experience. How can the U.S. prevent experience from being lost as combat operations conclude, soldiers separate from service, and Regular Army endstrength is reduced?

  • Research Drives Ongoing Support for Veterans

    Nov 10, 2014

    On November 11, we honor the service and sacrifices of America's veterans. But as they return home and adjust to civilian life, veterans and their families face new challenges and communities struggle to meet their unique needs. Rigorous research is essential to addressing these challenges and finding long-term solutions. RAND explores key issues concerning veterans such as employment, health and well-being, family support, and education.