Featured Research

  • How Might Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly Affect the U.S. Military?

    Jun 30, 2016

    The Department of Defense recently announced that it will allow transgender personnel to serve openly. The number of transgender members will likely be a small fraction of the total force and have minimal impact on readiness and health care costs.

  • Developing a Risk Assessment Methodology for NASA

    Jun 29, 2016

    A decision support methodology integrates risk factors and risk management approaches tailored to NASA's management, operations, and acquisition structures. Designed for non-experts, any decisionmaker with any level of training can use it to compare risks within a common lens.

  • Weighing the Potential Value of Theater Ballistic Missiles in the Pacific

    Jun 28, 2016

    The U.S. Department of State concluded in 2014 that Russia is in violation of its obligations under the INF Treaty. If the treaty cannot be revived, the U.S. Army should assess the value of adding conventional land-based theater ballistic missiles to its portfolio of strike capabilities.

  • How Do Consumers Make Choices in ACA Marketplaces?

    Jun 28, 2016

    Consumers have access to compare a variety of health insurance plans before selecting the one that best suits their needs. But the task can be complicated by difficulty understanding health insurance jargon, poor numeracy, inadequate decision-support tools, and too many choices.

  • Travel in Britain in 2035

    Jun 24, 2016

    Without substantial investment, the UK will experience severe congestion across its transport infrastructure by 2035. How might emerging technologies be able to address the problem?

  • Prospects for Russia's Economic Growth

    Jun 22, 2016

    Without major policy changes, the Russian economy will grow slowly in the medium term, even if world market prices for oil rebound sharply. However, returning to policies that Russia has pursued in the recent past could lead to substantially higher rates of growth.

  • Charting the U.S. Role in the World Economy

    Jun 21, 2016

    The strength of America's economy supports the country's international power. That makes the next administration's economic choices among its most crucial.

  • Strong Global Economic Engagement Is Essential to Maintaining U.S. Prosperity and Leadership Abroad

    Jun 21, 2016

    The United States stands to gain more from strengthening global institutions and engaging with the world's growing economic powers than from pulling back.

  • Americans Are More Ideologically Similar Than Different

    Jun 19, 2016

    Despite the increasingly polarized tone of U.S. politics, most Americans answer similarly on most questions of political belief.

  • Creating a Viable Practice of DoD Civilian Deployment

    Jun 15, 2016

    Expeditionary civilians have been used to reduced stress on the uniformed military, reduce the military's reliance on contractors, and circumvent limits on the deployment of additional military forces. An analysis of civilian deployment aims to inform DoD's policy and practice for using civilians to meet mission needs ten to 20 years into the future.

  • Adolescent Alcohol and Marijuana Use Predicts Poor Academic Performance and Health Problems

    Jun 14, 2016

    Adolescents who use both marijuana and alcohol are more likely to have poor academic performance and mental health during high school. Marijuana use is predictive of poorer functioning across more areas than alcohol use, and nonwhite youth tend to experience poorer functioning than white youth.

  • Centrally Assisted Telecare for Military Members with PTSD and Depression

    Jun 13, 2016

    Military members who visited a primary care clinic while suffering from PTSD and depression reported fewer symptoms and better mental health functioning a year after enrolling in a treatment program that included specially trained care managers and telephone therapy options.

  • Current and Future Risks of Inadvertent U.S.-Russian Nuclear War

    Jun 9, 2016

    Understanding how miscalculations and misperceptions can lead to the use of nuclear weapons is an important step toward reducing the probability of an inadvertent nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia.

  • Decentralization of Governance Could Help Syria

    Jun 7, 2016

    With the international community trying to bring peace to Syria, decentralization of governance could be part of the solution. Devolution of authority to localities could help lower the stakes of the conflict and provide security to Syrians who have lost trust in the state.

  • How Commercial Tech Can Affect Military Intelligence Operations

    Jun 6, 2016

    Commercial technologies such as smartphones are primarily about identifying and tracking people and patterns of behavior. Their presence is greatest in urban environments. This happens to be where most military intelligence operations are conducted and where most future insurgencies and wars are likely to take place.

  • Improving Teaching Effectiveness

    Jun 6, 2016

    The Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative seeks to determine whether a school can implement a high-quality measure of teaching effectiveness and use it to support and manage teachers in ways that improve student outcomes. The reforms are showing signs of progress in seven sites.

  • Technological Lessons from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

    Jun 1, 2016

    How was technology used to address the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in Japan? Lessons from this event can help inform preparation for and response to future emergencies.

  • Russia, China, and Iran Use Measures Short of War to Further Strategic Ends Against the U.S.

    May 31, 2016

    The United States will have to address the problems of foreign intervention and threats short of war if it is to prevent further erosion of its global influence by its competitors. Policymakers and the military services should consider ways to better identify, forestall, and counteract the use of measures short of war against U.S. and allied interests.

  • Are Principals Getting the Support They Need?

    May 26, 2016

    A nationally representative sample of principals reported having some form of on-the-job support available during the past school year, but less than a third indicated their district provided a combination of regular supervisory communication, mentoring, and at least one day of professional development.

  • How Does Income Inequality Impact Opportunity?

    May 23, 2016

    Rising income inequality can affect outcomes for children of parents with lower incomes by limiting their opportunities. Understanding the extent to which inequalities in opportunity and outcomes are related can help determine which policies have the most potential to level the playing field.