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  • Does Reliance on Foreign Component Supply Chains Put U.S. Launch Vehicles at Risk?

    Jul 16, 2014

    While there are both risks and benefits of using foreign components in the U.S. Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, the risk of potential supply interruption of most foreign components is manageable. To mitigate those risks, trade-offs of costs, schedules, and mission significance must be considered.

  • State Medicaid Showdowns Heat Up As Summer Starts

    Jul 9, 2014

    As some states continue to battle over whether to expand their Medicaid programs, RAND research can help provide insight on what's at stake for residents in states that do not expand their programs. States that don't expand Medicaid may have lower direct state budgetary costs, but they may miss out on economic growth and pay more to care for the uninsured.

  • Putting the Brakes on Summer Break Losses

    Jun 27, 2014

    RAND research provides insight into how to fund and structure summer learning programs that will generate the greatest value on an investment intended to help students avoid losing ground in their academic performance over summer breaks.

  • New Approach to Security Assistance

    Jun 24, 2014

    The U.S. has been less than successful in its attempts to use security assistance to encourage political and security sector reforms in the Middle East and North Africa. A new report proposes a different strategy.

  • Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the DHS

    Jun 20, 2014

    If the Department of Homeland Security is to overcome the challenges of uncertain threats and budget constraints, it will need strategic focus to direct resources where they are most needed, strong oversight to assure that resources are used effectively, and cooperation across government to improve efficiency.

  • Lessons from Past Response Operations Can Help Strengthen National Preparedness

    Jun 18, 2014

    For the nation to be prepared for large-scale events, the national preparedness system needs to effectively support the initially local responders who will always be the first on the scene.