Featured Research

  • Transforming Taiwan's Reserve Force

    Feb 22, 2017

    As the political-military challenge from China grows, Taiwan's reserve force may need to play a more prominent role in Taipei's approach to deterring Chinese aggression. Changing its reserve force size, structure, roles, missions, equipment, and training could help Taiwan offset PLA advantages.

  • How to Restore the Power Projection Capabilities of the U.S. Armed Forces

    Feb 16, 2017

    To help put the United States back on a path toward fielding forces that can defeat any adversary, the DoD needs money and insight. The latter can help inform decisionmaking. The former would let the DoD develop, acquire, and field new systems and postures.

  • The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Early Childhood in New Hampshire

    Feb 15, 2017

    Stakeholders in the public and private sectors in New Hampshire have been focused on investments in young children. What do they need to know?

  • Realizing Autonomous Vehicle Safety

    Feb 14, 2017

    Autonomous vehicles hold enormous promise for transportation safety. But feasible, sound methods of testing need to be developed. In the meantime, policymakers should work to foster the development of self-driving vehicles while lowering their risks.

  • No Easy Solutions to the Persistent Terrorist Threat

    Feb 14, 2017

    Jihadist terrorism isn't the most dangerous threat to the United States. But it is the most prominent. There are no clear solutions to this problem, and all America's counterterrorism options entail risks.

  • Finding a Way Forward in Syria

    Feb 8, 2017

    After six years of fighting in Syria, the odds of removing the Assad regime are worse than ever. But the new U.S. administration could help de-escalate the conflict by focusing on a realistic outcome: a decentralized Syria with agreed regional zones backed by external powers.

  • Countering ISIL as a Transregional Threat

    Jan 31, 2017

    The U.S. counter-ISIL strategy must recognize the long-term nature of the global violent jihadi threat. U.S. diplomatic and military actions should focus on reducing the appeal of ISIL and disrupting the transregional network that supports it.

  • How to Counter Transnational Criminal Networks

    Jan 27, 2017

    Transnational criminal networks have expanded their global reach. In some cases, they have even converged with terrorist groups. How do these networks threaten U.S. interests? And what can be done to combat them?

  • Regulating Medical Marijuana Markets: Insights from State Experiments

    Jan 25, 2017

    In setting rules and regulations for medical marijuana programs, legislators should consider the structures that supply medical marijuana, the effects of commercialization, and the impact of laws on youth.

  • Helping Soldiers Use Army Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities in Civilian Jobs

    Jan 24, 2017

    Some veterans struggle to find jobs after they leave the Army. To help, the Army could share a broader range of higher-quality military-civilian job matches with both veterans and employers.

  • Improving Healthy Offerings by Food Trucks Is Possible, but Regulation May Be Needed to Sustain Efforts

    Jan 23, 2017

    Convincing low-cost lunch truck operators and their customers to embrace healthier food is possible. But regulation of menus and better marketing may be needed to make long-lasting changes.

  • Developing Senior Leaders for the Reserve Components

    Jan 19, 2017

    Leader development is one of the most important priorities for the U.S. military. How can the development of senior leaders in the reserve be improved? And how can leader development policies serve the goal of an effective and integrated Total Force?

  • Oregon's Options for Financing Health Care

    Jan 19, 2017

    Federal health care reform had just begun in 2013 when Oregon authorized a study to improve how the state pays for health care. A comparison of the projected impacts and feasibility of four options can help Oregon's stakeholders choose the option that best suits their needs.

  • How Are European Countries Vulnerable to Russia?

    Jan 18, 2017

    Russia's aggression against Ukraine has highlighted potential threats to NATO and the EU. But European countries differ in how susceptible they are to possible Russian actions.

  • Exploring America's Role in a Turbulent World

    Jan 18, 2017

    The post–Cold War era is over. The United States faces new challenges abroad and rising political polarization at home. How should America advance its interests and pursue new opportunities around the world?

  • Domestic Political Discord Is Now the Greatest Threat to U.S. Global Leadership

    Jan 18, 2017

    The United States needs a coherent international strategy for today's turbulent world. But this will be hard to pursue without more domestic political consensus on America's global role.

  • Preparing the U.S. Legal System for Emerging Technologies

    Jan 10, 2017

    Personal technology gathers data that can be useful in criminal justice proceedings. But this can also pose challenges for protecting individual rights. Identifying future conflicts ahead of time can help.

  • Don't Rely on Test-Driving Alone to Assess Autonomous Vehicle Safety

    Jan 9, 2017

    Americans drive three trillion miles a year, causing one death every 100 million miles. To prove that autonomous vehicles are safer than humans, they would have to be test-driven astronomical distances. Regulators should pursue other ways of reducing uncertainty about AV safety.

  • How to Prevent State Collapse in Syria

    Jan 9, 2017

    Syria will likely be a weak state in a volatile region when its civil war ends. How can U.S. policy create conditions for a transition that helps fight terrorism and preserve state institutions?

  • Supporting the U.S. Air Force's Wounded Warriors

    Jan 6, 2017

    A high proportion of airmen injured in combat experience mental health issues. And 15 percent of those surveyed were unemployed. Recovery and reintegration are likely to take a long time. This will require ongoing program evaluation and continuous efforts to improve program offerings.