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  • The Continuing Lure of Violent Jihad

    Mar 24, 2015

    As the civil wars in Syria and Iraq continue, so does the terrorist threat emanating from these conflicts. Two galaxies of jihadist terrorists in the region pose a credible danger to the U.S. homeland: al Qaeda and its affiliates and ISIL. But the most likely threat comes from homegrown terrorists.

  • Higher-Education Benefits for Post-9/11 Military Service Members and Veterans

    Mar 17, 2015

    Many types of federal educational benefits are available to U.S. veterans. However, there are many ways Congress can ensure long-term viability of assistance, thus improving access to affordable higher education for the post-9/11 generation and their families.

  • The Threat Posed by Foreign Fighters Returning from Syria and Iraq

    Mar 12, 2015

    An estimated 3,400 foreign fighters have come from Europe and other Western countries to join jihadist fronts in Syria and Iraq. What is the threat posed by these Western fighters? And how can the U.S. better identify and intercept returning foreign fighters from countries covered by the Visa Waiver Program?

  • Are U.S. Forces Ready to Confront Potential Adversaries?

    Mar 10, 2015

    If the U.S. intends to retain its status as the preferred security partner for many of the world's most important states and help sustain peace and stability in critical global regions, U.S. forces must be more capable. A RAND defense analyst offers advice for policymakers.

  • Sharing Information About Threats Is Not a Cybersecurity Panacea

    Mar 4, 2015

    Information-sharing—specifically, threat-centric information-sharing—has dominated recent discussions on improving cybersecurity, but it is not a silver bullet. Its usefulness is tied to certain assumptions about attacks, and while it should be encouraged, it addresses only one facet of a very complex space.

  • What's at Stake in King v. Burwell?

    Feb 26, 2015

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of King v. Burwell on March 4. RAND research explains the role of premium tax credits in ensuring stability in the individual insurance market and gives insight into what might happen if the court rules to invalidate subsidies in states with federally facilitated marketplaces.