National Security

RAND conducts a broad array of national security research for the U.S. Department of Defense. RAND also carries out an extensive research program in homeland security, homeland defense, and terrorism-related research for the U.S. Government, as well as selected research for key allied governments and ministries of defense. Through its long-term investment in federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), the U.S. government has built a network of institutions with unique analytical and technical capabilities.

National security research is conducted by the following RAND FFRDCs: RAND Project AIR FORCE, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force; RAND Arroyo Center, sponsored by the U.S. Army; RAND National Defense Research Institute, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

  • Validating the Preference Profiles for the Dutch National Risk Assessment

    Dec 10, 2012

    RAND Europe assessed the validity of preference profiles and associated weights used in the Dutch National Risk Assessment and offers recommendations to incorporate public values using scientifically validated methods.

  • Lessons from the Army's Future Combat Systems Program

    Dec 5, 2012

    The Army's Acquisition Executive asked RAND Arroyo Center to conduct an after-action analysis of the cancelled Future Combat Systems program. This report documents how the ambitious, system-of-systems acquisition program was harmed by aggressive, unrealistic timelines, insufficient understanding of requirements, and uncertain cost estimates.

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    The 2008 Battle of Sadr City2011

    Using primary sources and interviews with those involved in the fighting and its aftermath, the authors describe the 2008 Battle of Sadr City, analyze its outcome, and derive implications for the conduct of land operations. Their analysis identifies factors critical to the coalition victory over Jaish al-Mahdi and describes a new model for dealing with insurgent control of urban areas.

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    Addressing Commanders' Needs for Information on "Soft" Factors2011

    Describes a framework for thinking about commanders' critical information needs in countersurgency operations and offers practical ways for commanders to integrate influence activities into combined arms planning and assessment.

National Security Research Categories

RAND maintains specific research categories related to the following areas of U.S. National Security: