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UNCONQUERABLE NATION: KNOWING OUR ENEMY, STRENGTHENING OURSELVES
Author: Brian Michael Jenkins

MG-454 Brian Michael Jenkins presents a clear-sighted and sobering analysis of where we are today in the struggle against terrorism. Jenkins, an internationally renowned authority on terrorism, distills the jihadists’ operational code and outlines a pragmatic but principled approach to defeating the terrorist enterprise. We need to build upon our traditions of determination and self-reliance, he argues, and above all, preserve our commitment to American values.

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NATIONAL SECURITY SPACE LAUNCH REPORT
Authors: Forrest McCartney, Peter Wilson, Lyle Bien, Thor Hogan, Leslie Lewis, Chet Whitehair, Delma Freeman, T. K. Mattingly, Robert Larned, David Ortiz, William Williams, Charles Bushman, and Jimmey Morrell

Atlas V In 2004, Congress directed the Secretary of Defense to establish a panel of experts with extensive space launch and operations background to address the future National Security Space launch requirements and the means of meeting those requirements. The Department of Defense selected RAND to facilitate and support this panel in its deliberations between May 2005 and May 2006. This report analyzes the National Security Space Launch Requirements Panel’s major findings and recommendations.

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ON "OTHER WAR": LESSONS FROM FIVE DECADES OF RAND COUNTERINSURGENCY RESEARCH
Author: Austin Long

Photo courtesy U.S. Army The challenges posed by insurgency and instability have proved difficult to surmount. This difficulty may embolden future opponents to embrace insurgency in combating the United States. Both the current and future conduct of the war on terror demand that the United States improve its ability to conduct counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. This study makes recommendations for improving COIN based on RAND’s decades-long study of it.

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LEARNING LARGE LESSONS: THE EVOLVING ROLES OF GROUND POWER AND AIR POWER IN THE POST-COLD WAR ERA
Author: David Johnson

B1 Bomber, photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force The relative roles of U.S. ground and air power in warfighting have shifted since the end of the Cold War. To assess this shift (i.e., between the Army and Air Force, respectively), the author of this report analyzed post–Cold War conflicts in Iraq (1991), Bosnia (1995), Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2001), and Iraq (2003).

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CONSIDERING THE EFFECTS OF A CATASTROPHIC TERRORIST ATTACK
Authors: Charles Meade and Roger Molander

Long Beach portThe authors describe the results from a scenario analysis and strategic gaming revolving around a catastrophic terrorist attack on the Port of Long Beach, including many of the primary analysis results. The analysis tools developed by the authors for this study lay the groundwork for research exploring both the short- and long-term effects of catastrophic events.

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INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND NATIONAL SECURITY: STRATEGIC INFORMATION NEEDS
Authors: Gary Cecchine and Melinda Moore

Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control/Greg Knobloch The pace of global travel, migration, and commerce has brought about an increased risk of a worldwide infectious disease outbreak. This report examines infectious disease within the context of national security and assesses the need for and adequacy of information that will enable U.S. policymakers to prevent and respond to such threats.

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MONITORING EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS OF MILITARY SPOUSES
Authors: Nelson Lim and Daniela Golinelli

Job market Employment conditions of military spouses affect retention of military members. The Department of Defense asked RAND to help develop reliable employment statistics for military spouses to address inadequacies of traditional labor statistics measures, which may not represent the impact of military life on military spouses’ employment conditions. We determined valid measures of labor market conditions for military spouses and the sufficient sample size to allow generalization to the population of military spouses.

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COMMENTARY

The following is a list of national security related commentary pieces that RAND researchers have contributed to newspapers in the past month. To retrieve past commentary pieces, please visit RAND's commentary page.

MIDEAST PEACE: BUSH HAS A JOB TO DO
Author: Ambassador Robert Hunter (International Herald Tribune)

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FORUM: ARE WE PREPARED? NOT QUITE
Author: K. Jack Riley (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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TIGHTEN UP MASS-TRANSIT SECURITY
Author: Peter Chalk (Newsday)

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CASTRO'S DEAL WITH THE SOVIET DEVIL
Author: Edward Gonzalez (Los Angeles Times)

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MORAL CLARITY IN THE MIDEAST
Author: Ambassador James Dobbins (International Herald Tribune)

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LEBANON'S SECTARIAN AFTERSHOCKS
Authors: Fred Wehrey and Dalia Dassa Kaye (United Press International)

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TESTIMONY

BORDER SECURITY AND THE TERRORIST THREAT

Author: K. Jack Riley

Testimony presented to the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity, and the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science, and Technology on August 8, 2006.

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