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CHASING THE DRAGON: ASSESSING CHINA'S SYSTEM OF EXPORT CONTROLS FOR WMD-RELATED GOODS AND TECHNOLOGIES
Author: Evan Medeiros
China's export controls on equipment, materials, and technologies used to produce weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have evolved significantly since the early 1980s. This monograph examines the structure and operation of the Chinese government's system of controls on exports that could be used in the production of WMD and WMD-related delivery systems. The author identifies the key organizations involved in export control decisionmaking, relevant laws and regulations, and the interactions among government organizations involved in vetting sensitive exports.
Read the Report: http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG353/
LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE F/A-22 AND F/A-18 E/F DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Authors: Obaid Younossi, David Stem, Mark Lorell, and Frances Lussier
How can the Air Force and the other services profit from the experience of these two programs? Although the F/A-18E/F is an upgrade of an existing airframe and the F/A-22 is a new platform, the authors believe their divergent histories have lessons to teach acquisition decisionmakers. The authors present a history of the two programs and conclude that decisionmakers can reduce risk and improve acquisition by taking several steps, including setting realistic schedule and cost estimates and establishing a stable and experienced development team.
Read the Research Brief: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB159/
Read the Report: http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG276/
THE UNITED KINGDOM'S NUCLEAR SUBMARINE INDUSTRIAL BASE, VOLUME 1: SUSTAINING DESIGN AND PRODUCTION RESOURCES
Authors: John Schank, Jessie Riposo, John Birkler, and James Chiesa
The complexity and uniqueness of a nuclear submarine requires special skills, facilities, and oversight not supported by other shipbuilding programs. There is particular concern about the future vitality of the United Kingdom's submarine industrial base. This report looks at what actions should be taken to maintain the country's nuclear submarine design capabilities and how nuclear submarine production should be scheduled for efficient use of the industrial base.
Read the Report: http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG326z1/
THE UNITED KINGDOM'S NUCLEAR SUBMARINE INDUSTRIAL BASE, VOLUME 3: OPTIONS FOR INITIAL FUELLING
Authors: Raj Raman, Robert Murphy, Laurence Smallman, John Schank, John Birkler, and James Chiesa
Cost increases in maintaining regulating licenses at BAE Systems' Barrow-in-Furness shipyard and Devonport Management Limited's (DML's) facility have led the UK Ministry of Defence to consider the possibility of consolidating its nuclear fuel-handling capabilities at DML. This report assesses where the United Kingdom's nuclear fuelling of submarines should occur to best minimize cost and schedule risks, particularly regarding the Astute submarine program, which is already under way.
Read the Report: http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG326z3/
IMPLICATIONS OF MODERN DECISION SCIENCE FOR MILITARY DECISION-SUPPORT SYSTEMS
Authors: Paul Davis, Jonathan Kulick, and Michael Egner
A selective review of modern decision science and implications for decision-support systems. The study suggests ways to synthesize lessons from research on heuristics and biases with those from “naturalistic research.” It also discusses modern tools, such as increasingly realistic simulations, multiresolution modeling, and exploratory analysis, which can assist decisionmakers in choosing strategies that are flexible, adaptive, and robust.
Read the Research Brief: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB177/
Read the Report: http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG360/
DOES OUR COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGY MATCH THE THREAT?
Author: Bruce Hoffman
Testimony presented before the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation on September 29, 2005.
Read the Testimony: http://www.rand.org/pubs/testimonies/CT250-1/
CHINA'S MILITARY MODERNIZATION AND THE CROSS-STRAIT BALANCE
Author: Roger Cliff
Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on September 15, 2005.
Read the Testimony: http://www.rand.org/pubs/testimonies/CT247/
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: http://www.rand.org/commentary/
ACKNOWLEDGE PROBLEM, THEN FIX IT
Elizabeth McGlynn (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
NATO PEACEKEEPERS NEED A PARTNER
Ambassador James Dobbins (International Herald Tribune)
PREPARE FOR DISASTER
Tom LaTourrette and Ed Chan (United Press International)
GET PROACTIVE WITH DISASTERS
Charles Meade (Philadelphia Inquirer)
KATRINA SHOWS SUPPLY CHAIN NEEDS NATIONAL ATTENTION
David Ortiz and Henry Willis (Los Angeles Business Journal)
LET SGT. FRIDAY FIGHT TERROR
Brian Michael Jenkins and Jack Weiss (Los Angeles Times)
THE DANGER NEXT DOOR
Seth Jones (New York Times)
CHINA: BACHELOR BOMB
Dudley Poston Jr. and Peter Morrison (International Herald Tribune)
FOUR YEARS AFTER 9/11, WAR ON TERROR SLOGS ON
Brian Michael Jenkins (San Diego Union-Tribune)
DEMOCRACY'S DEFENSE: VALUES AND JUSTICE
Brian Michael Jenkins (Baltimore Sun)
WHY AMERICA SHOULDN'T SEVER UZBEKISTAN TIES
Olga Oliker (Baltimore Sun)
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