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  • Complete Results from U.S. Military Sexual Assault Survey Released

    May 27, 2015

    The final results of the military sexual assault survey reveal unprecedented detail about the frequency of sexual assault against service members, how the experiences are different for men and women, and the perceived and actual consequences of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

  • Getting Smarter About Smart Grids

    May 21, 2015

    With a fully functional smart grid, society could benefit from more efficient management, transmission, distribution, and consumption of electricity–but there are barriers to implementing this technology. Experts recommend that performance standards are developed at the federal level and that regulators consider forward-looking test cases.

  • The Mileage Fee Alternative: Benefits and Challenges

    May 19, 2015

    With the ongoing challenges of transportation funding, some lawmakers have begun to explore a shift from taxing fuel to taxing a vehicle's miles of travel. An objective look at this solution outlines advantages, core challenges, and recent innovations that states are exploring through pilot programs.

  • Police-Community Relations: Respect and Legitimacy Is a Two-Way Street

    May 12, 2015

    What can be done to help repair the fractures in trust between some police departments and the communities they serve? Much of the responsibility does in fact fall to local communities, but several actions can be taken at the federal level to help shape and drive change.

  • Critical Materials and U.S. Import Dependence

    May 12, 2015

    The United States is vulnerable to export restrictions that limit access to raw materials that are critical to manufacturing. This can hinder the competitiveness of U.S. manufactures and create pressure to move manufacturing out of the country. But there are ways to address the potential for supply disruptions of critical materials.

  • Securing Cyberspace: Is Information-Sharing Enough?

    May 6, 2015

    Information-sharing is an important part of helping to keep companies and government institutions safe from online threats. But in order to address the nation's cybersecurity problem, a broader approach is required.