Featured Research

  • Living Room Connected Devices: Opportunities, Security Challenges, and Privacy Implications

    Sep 2, 2014

    The "Internet-connected living room" poses security and privacy implications for industry and consumers, offering potential benefits as well as threats associated with the technical capabilities of living room connected devices.

  • Key U.S. Military, Diplomatic Strategies Are Necessary to Balance China's Growing Regional Strength

    Sep 2, 2014

    Developing a strategy for the United States to address China's growing military strength should not sacrifice future cooperation between the two nations. A U.S. policy could recognize China's expanding importance in the world and its legitimate interests, while also keeping U.S. commitments to allies and partners in the region.

  • Spillover from the Conflict in Syria

    Aug 28, 2014

    External military support, large numbers of refugees, and the fragility of neighboring states are factors that contribute directly to the spread of violence from civil war and insurgency in Syria. How do these factors affect Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan, and how can a spillover of violence be prevented?

  • Technology and the Well-Being of U.S. Airmen

    Aug 25, 2014

    Just like U.S. civilians, those serving in the Air Force use the Internet, email, texting, and social media for entertainment and to stay in touch with friends and family. But technology use can be disruptive, and “addiction” could signal broader issues.

  • Survey Finds Veterans Satisfied with Mental Health and Substance Use Care, but Also See Room for Improvement

    Aug 20, 2014

    A survey of more than 5,000 U.S. veterans receiving mental health services from the Veterans Health Administration found general satisfaction, but also significant room for improvement among all areas studied. Patients with a substance use disorder were less satisfied than others and were less likely to report that staff listened to them or respected their decisions.

  • China's Strategy Toward South and Central Asia

    Aug 14, 2014

    China's response to the complex challenges on its western borders during the past two decades has been to adopt an "Empty Fortress" strategy, whereby China boldly projects an image of considerable strength in Central and South Asia to mask serious frailty. China is not a major threat to U.S. interests there and is unlikely to pose one in the near future.

  • The Health Risks of Bathing in Recreational Waters

    Aug 14, 2014

    A rapid evidence assessment confirms an association between the quality of recreational bathing waters and the risk of gastrointestinal illness, particularly in fresh water, but there is insufficient evidence to determine whether a revision to the European Bathing Directive is needed.

  • Federal Drug Discount Program Faces Challenges as It Expands Under Health Reform

    Aug 12, 2014

    A federal program that provides billions in drug discounts to safety net hospitals and other health care providers is expanding under health care reform, but divergent views on the purpose and future scope of the program create uncertainty for safety net providers and drug manufacturers.

  • Child Vaccines Are Extremely Safe and Serious Side Effects Rare

    Aug 8, 2014

    A systematic review revealed that vaccines administered to U.S. children are very safe, and side effects are extremely rare. The small risk of side effects must be weighed against the great protective benefits these vaccines provide.

  • RAND Review Takes Measure of Cybercrime, Medical Innovation, U.S. Security Cooperation

    Aug 7, 2014

    Stories in RAND's flagship magazine discuss the duel between cybercrime and the law, the gamble of medical innovation, and the fruits of U.S. security cooperation.

  • Catastrophic Risk in California: Are Homeowners and Communities Prepared?

    Aug 6, 2014

    Predictions about the inevitability of a major earthquake in California is generating concern about how to pay for rebuilding after a catastrophic event. Insurance alone isn’t the answer, but exploring ways for insurance premiums to better reflect loss could help homeowners prepare for "the big one.”

  • The Changing Hospital Landscape

    Aug 5, 2014

    In many countries, the nature of hospital activity is changing. Different forms of hospital cooperation, such as hospital groups, networks, or systems, may have different impacts on hospital performance. Consolidation may lead to quality improvements, but there are also risks.

  • Bundled Payments Fall Short in California

    Aug 4, 2014

    Despite widespread interest in bundled payments as a strategy to control health care costs, implementation efforts continue to disappoint. A pilot program in California failed to meet its goals, succumbing to recruitment challenges, regulatory uncertainty, administrative burden, and concerns about financial risk.

  • Examining Competency-Based Education

    Aug 4, 2014

    Competency-based education meets students where they are academically, provides opportunities for choice, and awards students credit for evidence of learning, not time spent studying a subject. Researchers identify lessons for policy, partnerships, and practice regarding this approach.

  • More Americans May Be Ready for Retirement Than You Think

    Aug 1, 2014

    Because people consume less in their golden years, the conventional wisdom that most Americans are financially unprepared for retirement doesn't hold up. Evidence suggests that about 71 percent of older Americans are adequately prepared for retirement.

  • Do College-Educated Children Lengthen Parents' Lifespan?

    Aug 1, 2014

    Initial findings suggest highly educated children contribute to the parents' longevity. Encouraging better parental health habits, providing access to resources and information, and delivering higher-quality care are some possible explanations for this correlation.

  • Getting Smarter About Border Security Strategy, Data, and Technology Infrastructure

    Jul 31, 2014

    There is no single solution for border security challenges. However, a network of mutually reinforcing and even redundant layers of defenses can enable the U.S. to better control its borders.

  • China’s Industrial Policies in Commercial Aviation Manufacturing

    Jul 31, 2014

    Until recently, the Chinese aircraft manufacturing industry produced aircraft almost exclusively for its military. As China transitions to commercial aircraft production, does it need to rethink its investments and policies to become more globally integrated and competitive?

  • China: The Reluctant Partner

    Jul 30, 2014

    There's a high probability that the establishment of a U.S. Global SOF Network will reinforce Beijing's extreme insecurities about Washington's intentions towards China, and heighten Chinese perceptions of enhanced U.S. military encirclement capabilities. However, if China is invited to partner with U.S. Special Operations Forces, this may alter Chinese thinking on military cooperation.

  • Building Toward an Unmanned Aircraft System Training Strategy

    Jul 28, 2014

    Unmanned aircraft systems — or drones — have become increasingly prevalent in and important to U.S. military operations. Training now needs to be integrated more formally and cost-effectively into service and joint training programs.