Featured Research

  • Denying Flight: Strategic Options for Employing No-Fly Zones

    Dec 27, 2013

    To what extent are no-fly zones (NFZs) a policy option for external military intervention in local conflicts? A new report examines the forms they might take, their potential utility, and their probable limitations.

  • Understanding the Cost and Quality of Military-Related Education Benefit Programs

    Dec 24, 2013

    Issues such as rising tuition costs, an increasing numbers of for-profit institutions that target veterans, and a potentially confusing array of benefit options could mitigate the impact of financial aid benefits designed to help veterans attend college.

  • The State of Workplace Wellness Programs in the United States

    Dec 23, 2013

    U.S. workplace wellness programs are prevalent, and most observers expect uptake to grow, especially as the Affordable Care Act will increase employment-based coverage and promotes workplace wellness programs through numerous provisions. But there is currently insufficient evidence to definitively assess their impact on health outcomes and cost.

  • Leadership Matters: How to Help Principals Promote Teaching Effectiveness

    Dec 23, 2013

    As schools and districts move toward performance-based teacher evaluation as a way to improve teaching effectiveness and student outcomes, the principal's role in teacher evaluations is becoming even more important.

  • Multinational Overview of Cannabis Production Regimes

    Dec 20, 2013

    Commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, this international stocktaking of cannabis production includes a special focus on identifying and describing official policies on production regimes for non-medical and non-scientific purposes.

  • Enabling Early Sustainment Decisions: Application to F-35 Depot-Level Maintenance

    Dec 20, 2013

    The U.S. Air Force has long struggled to incorporate new weapon system logistics requirements and support system design considerations into its broader sustainment enterprise early in the acquisition process. RAND developed a framework that helps planners visualize sustainment data and compare new programs with legacy Air Force systems.

  • Examining Global Societal Trends and Their Impact on the EU

    Dec 18, 2013

    Key challenges facing the EU in the next 15 years include income equality; a globally expanding and aging population; employment and a changing labor force; and evolving patterns and impacts of migration.

  • Marijuana Consumption in Washington State Twice as Large as Previously Estimated

    Dec 18, 2013

    In Washington state, marijuana consumption likely will range from 135 to 225 metric tons during 2013. Understanding the current market should help state policymakers with decisions about the number of marijuana sales licenses to issue, to project tax revenues, and provide a foundation for assessments of legalization.

  • A Sixty-Year Timeline of the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site

    Dec 16, 2013

    Since it was built in the 1950s, the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site's mission, management structure, and operational partners have changed several times to accommodate the contemporary challenges and research tools. This timeline documents some of those historical changes.

  • How RAND Supported the Development of Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan

    Dec 12, 2013

    To plan the rebuilding of the Louisiana coastline, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority used a new analytic approach, developed in part by RAND, that incorporates results from state-of-the-art predictive models within a decision tool to formulate and compare alternatives and visualize outcomes and trade-offs for policymakers and stakeholders.

  • Will the Affordable Care Act Make Health Care More Affordable?

    Dec 11, 2013

    For most lower-income people who obtain coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, health care spending will fall. But spending by some newly insured higher-income people will increase because they will be now paying insurance premiums.

  • Central Nervous System Diseases Are Becoming “Neglected” Diseases

    Dec 11, 2013

    Market forces are stacking the deck against development of drugs for common central nervous system disorders, such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and depression. But policy changes could steer investment into drugs for these neglected diseases by reducing development cost and uncertainty and increasing expected revenue.

  • Using 'Mental Models' for Developing Risk Communications

    Dec 10, 2013

    An overview of the 'mental models' methodology of communicating focuses on each step in the initial approach and offers a discussion of four specific challenges that a practitioner may face when implementing the approach and strategies for addressing them.

  • Comparing Occupational Fatality Risks in the United States and United Kingdom

    Dec 10, 2013

    Although work fatality rates have declined in the U.S., fatality rates are much lower and have declined faster in recent years in the UK. Efforts to find out the reasons for the much better UK outcomes could be productive.

  • Contractors Who Worked in Conflict Zones Suffer High Rates of PTSD and Depression and Get Little Help

    Dec 10, 2013

    Private contractors who worked in Iraq, Afghanistan or other conflict environments over the past two years report suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression more often than military personnel who served in recent conflicts. Relatively few get help either before or after deployment.

  • Implications of Future Technology Landscapes for Defense

    Dec 5, 2013

    To help the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) assess and harness wider investment in relevant technology areas, researchers examine a growing volume of primarily civil technology that can both potentially impact and be exploited as defense and security capabilities.

  • Future Technology Landscapes: Insights, Analysis, and Implications for Defense

    Dec 5, 2013

    Given the growing volume of primarily civil technology that can both impact and be leveraged by defense and security capabilities, the UK Ministry of Defense sought insights into relevant future technology and innovation models.

  • Case Studies Explore Future Technology Landscapes

    Dec 5, 2013

    Case studies explore a growing volume of primarily civil technology that can both potentially impact and be exploited as UK defense and security capabilities.

  • The Posture Triangle: A New Framework for U.S. Air Force Global Presence

    Dec 5, 2013

    U.S. Air Force (USAF) global posture — its overseas forces, facilities, and arrangements with partner nations — faces a variety of fiscal, political, and military challenges. This report seeks to identify why the USAF needs a global posture, where it needs basing and access, the types of security partnerships that minimize peacetime access risk, and the amount of forward presence that the USAF requires.

  • How to Develop Home Visiting Programs

    Dec 4, 2013

    Home visiting has achieved prominence on the national policy agenda because of the long-lasting positive outcomes. But how can stakeholders best plan, implement, and evaluate home visiting programs?