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    Aug 5, 2014

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New from Congressional Relations

  • China’s Industrial Policies in Commercial Aviation Manufacturing

    Jul 31, 2014

    Until recently, the Chinese aircraft manufacturing industry produced aircraft almost exclusively for its military. As China transitions to commercial aircraft production, does it need to rethink its investments and policies to become more globally integrated and competitive?

  • Getting Smarter About Border Security Strategy, Data, and Technology Infrastructure

    Jul 31, 2014

    There is no single solution for border security challenges. However, a network of mutually reinforcing and even redundant layers of defenses can enable the U.S. to better control its borders.

  • Jihadist Sanctuaries in Syria and Iraq

    Jul 24, 2014

    The large number of Western violent extremists in sanctuaries like Syria and Iraq requires the adoption of policies and practices in the U.S. homeland and overseas to ensure that these extremists are detected if they return to the West and, more broadly, to reduce the flow of foreign fighters from the West.

  • 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.