Featured Research

  • Increasing Numbers of U.S. Army Recruits Enlist Some Years After High School

    Apr 23, 2014

    More than half of all U.S. Army recruits are choosing to join later in life instead of immediately after high school graduation. Older recruits tend to reenlist and receive promotions at greater rates than their younger peers. Among those surveyed, recruits who enlisted later were more concerned about the domestic job market and less concerned about external factors, such as opposition from family and friends.

  • The Days After a Deal with Iran

    Apr 17, 2014

    What might the Middle East and U.S. policy look like in the days after a deal with Iran? Experts posit that a final nuclear agreement is reached with Iran and then examine the potential responses of two U.S. partners in the region: Israel and Saudi Arabia.

  • The Days After a Deal: Iran, Its Neighbors, and U.S. Policy Following a Nuclear Agreement

    Apr 17, 2014

    On April 3, 2014, the RAND Corporation held a half-day conference in its Washington office addressing "The Days After a Deal: Iran, its Neighbors, and U.S. Policy Following a Nuclear Agreement." As nuclear negotiations with Iran approach a deadline for a final deal this summer, the RAND conference looked ahead at some of the critical "day after" questions following a potential nuclear agreement.

  • Developing Public Health Regulations for Marijuana: Lessons from Alcohol and Tobacco

    Apr 17, 2014

    Policymakers can better understand decisions surrounding legal marijuana by drawing on lessons learned from research on public health approaches to regulating alcohol and tobacco.

  • Extending Terrorism Insurance Program Could Save Federal Government Money After Future Attacks

    Apr 10, 2014

    The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act will expire at the end of this year and Congress is considering the appropriate government role in terrorism insurance markets. In a terrorist attack with losses up to $50 billion, the federal government would spend more helping to cover losses than if it had continued to support a national terrorism risk insurance program.

  • ACA Could Change Costs of Auto, Malpractice, and Other Liability Insurance

    Apr 9, 2014

    As more Americans become newly covered under the Affordable Care Act, the cost of providing automobile insurance, workers compensation, and homeowners insurance may decline. Meanwhile, an increase in the number of people using the health care system may trigger a corresponding increase in the number of medical malpractice claims.

  • Counterterrorism and the Role of Special Operations Forces

    Apr 8, 2014

    Over the long run, the persistent nature of the terrorism threat to the United States suggests that special operations forces should remain a key part of the struggle against al Qa’ida and other Salafi-jihadist groups.

  • Armed Aerial Drones and U.S. Security

    Apr 7, 2014

    While armed drones are not truly transformative weapons, they do offer the United States some significant advantages, particularly against enemies that lack air defenses. How the United States uses these weapons today and into the future will be important in shaping a broader set of international norms that discourage their misuse by others.

  • China Faces Several Obstacles to Building Successful Domestic Commercial Aircraft Industry

    Apr 4, 2014

    China's investment of billions of dollars in a domestic commercial aviation industry has yet to result in a commercially viable aircraft and is unlikely to do so for the foreseeable future.

  • Is the MIECHV Program Improving Outcomes for Children and Parents?

    Apr 2, 2014

    Some features of the Federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program raise the likelihood that it will make the anticipated difference and produce the best results possible for at-risk families.

  • RAND Review Examines Water Management, Military Caregivers, Joint Aircraft, Income Inequality

    Apr 1, 2014

    Stories in RAND's flagship magazine discuss the implications of climate change for the Colorado River Basin and the Sierra Nevada, the burdens borne by military caregivers, the drawbacks of joint aircraft programs, and growing inequalities across the European Union.

  • Support Resources for Military Caregivers

    Mar 31, 2014

    Caregiving can take a lot of time and impose a heavy burden on caregiver health and well-being. But finding and utilizing support resources can help. Support services for military caregivers may provide respite care, financial stipends, health care and mental health care services, and more.

  • Supporting Military Caregivers: The Role of Health Providers

    Mar 31, 2014

    Health care providers can support military caregivers in many ways: acknowledge them as part of the health care team, routinely assess caregiving needs and the presence of caregiver support, integrate them into health providers' culture, and adopt appropriate caregiver documentation requirements to facilitate their engagement.

  • Who Are Military Caregivers? And Who Is Supporting Them?

    Mar 31, 2014

    There are 5.5 million Americans caring for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans, providing indispensable services and saving the nation millions in health and long-term care costs. Researchers describe who these caregivers are, the burden they bear, available programs and resources, and areas where they need more support.

  • Military Caregivers in the Workplace

    Mar 31, 2014

    The business community can support military caregivers in many ways: raise awareness by promoting messages that support military caregivers, offer support services, work with employees to accomodate their caregiver duties, and hire caregivers.

  • Supporting Military Caregivers: Options for Congress

    Mar 31, 2014

    Congress can support military caregivers in many ways: reconsider eligibility requirements for caregiver support programs, ensure health care coverage for military caregivers, promote the integration and coordination of programs and services, and fully fund the Lifespan Respite Care Act.

  • Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers

    Mar 31, 2014

    There are 5.5 million military caregivers across the United States, with nearly 20 percent caring for someone who served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Military caregivers experience more health problems, face greater strains in family relationships, and have more workplace issues than noncaregivers. Changes are needed to both provide assistance to caregivers and to help them make plans for the future.

  • Redirecting Innovation in U.S. Health Care: Decreasing Spending, Increasing Value

    Mar 31, 2014

    A novel approach to curbing America's growing health care spending is to change the drugs, devices, and health information technology that get invented in the first place. Realigning incentives for inventors, investors, payers, providers, and patients could yield medical products that reduce spending and improve health.

  • Workshops Develop Community-Driven Strategies for Use of ARVs to Prevent HIV

    Mar 27, 2014

    To consider recent developments in ARV-based HIV prevention strategies, Mapping Pathways held Knowledge Exchange Workshops in three U.S. cities. The workshops devised future scenarios and potential tailored strategies using stakeholders' knowledge alongside the project results.

  • Black Markets for Hackers Are Increasingly Sophisticated, Specialized, and Maturing

    Mar 25, 2014

    Black and gray markets for computer hacking tools, services, and byproducts such as stolen credit card numbers continue to expand, creating an increasing threat to businesses, governments, and individuals.