Russia sees the U.S.-led international order as a threat to its interests. U.S. and Russian interests overlap in some areas, such as counterterrorism. But they are directly opposed in others. What are America's policy options?
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The Department of State has developed several organizational elements and cultural attributes relevant for a lessons-learned program, and these provide a starting point from which the department can mature its enterprisewide capabilities. To that end, this report explores best practices across fields of organizational theory and within both public and private organizations.
A primary purpose of military education benefits is to assist service members' transitions back to civilian life, but the benefits likely have implications for recruiting and retention as well. This research takes a mixed-methods approach to examine the effects of education benefit programs on recruiting and retention–related outcomes, and to assess how the two largest education benefits may work together.
Monitoring Social Media: Lessons for Future Department of Defense Social Media Analysis in Support of Information Operations2017
Although there are compelling national security reasons to field a robust social media analysis capability, the U.S. Department of Defense must do so while navigating U.S. law and cultural norms and under conditions of great uncertainty. This report reviews the analytic approaches that will be most valuable for information operations, as well as legal, ethical, policy, technological, and training considerations.
This report reviews the state of cyber attribution and examines alternative options for producing standardized and transparent attribution that may overcome concerns about credibility. In particular, it considers the value of an independent, global organization whose mission consists of investigating and publicly attributing major cyber attacks.
This report is intended to help researchers, project leaders, and sponsors who would like to design and run a 360° Game, which can be used in multidimensional analysis of complex problems. The interactive design allows participants to investigate a problem from a variety of perspectives, and the objective-driven approach is meant to reveal solutions — and their feasibility and relative merit.
Why do some individuals engage in political violence in Yemen, while others do not? We examine the role that social, political, and economic factors play on individual behavior toward violence in the midst of Yemen's bloody and multiyear civil war. We use a unique national survey conducted in Yemen in 2016 to better understand why Yemenis may reject political violence despite persistent conflict and civil unrest across the country.