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.

  • Behavioral Health and Service Use Among Civilian Wives of Service Members and Veterans

    Aug 24, 2015

    Are there obstacles to behavioral health care access for service members and veterans of the U.S. military and their families? Concerns for individuals covered by the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System and the Veterans Health Administration drive this examination of the utilization of behavioral health care among current or former wives of service members and veterans.

  • What Works Best When Building Partner Capacity in Challenging Contexts?

    Aug 21, 2015

    Strategic imperatives sometimes compel the United States to work with partner nations that lack the characteristics that favor success in building partner capacity. What can the United States do in such contexts to maximize prospects for success? Potential challenges and workarounds, are examined to derive recommendations for future engagements.

  • Limiting Regret: Building the Army That the United States Will Need

    Aug 18, 2015

    How big and how ready does the United States need the U.S. Army to be to meet its commitments? There is an imbalance between these commitments and America's current force planning. Correcting this would be challenging, but there are options that may help limit regret and strategic failures down the road.

  • Challenges for Democracies Facing Asymmetric Conflicts

    Aug 12, 2015

    Contemporary asymmetric warfare poses critical challenges for democracies. Can it be addressed through an overarching strategic framework, or must separate strategies be formulated for each circumstance?

  • Best Practices for Special Operations Advisory Groups

    Aug 10, 2015

    Special Operations Advisory Groups are tasked with the responsibility of advising commanders and staff of the Afghan Special Security Forces. In-depth interviews with these personnel address rapport building, pre-deployment training, and continuity of operations.

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  • Stephen M. Drezner Dies; Former RAND Executive Researched Human-Computer Relationship

    Aug 24, 2015

    Stephen M. Drezner, a RAND analyst and executive who conducted early research into the evolving relationship between humans and computers and later helped shape and guide the growth of the nonprofit institution over a 34-year career, died August 20. He was 77.

  • Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Elected to RAND Board of Trustees

    May 27, 2015

    Chuck Hagel, the only enlisted soldier and Vietnam War veteran to serve as secretary of defense, has been elected to the RAND Board of Trustees. He served as the 24th U.S. Secretary of Defense from February 2013 to February 2015 and as a U.S. senator, representing his home state of Nebraska, from 1997 to 2009.

  • Cornish Joins RAND Europe to Lead Defence, Security and Infrastructure Group

    Jan 20, 2015

    Professor Paul Cornish has joined RAND Europe to lead its research in the areas of defence, security and infrastructure. Specifically, the research aims to provide analytical and decision-support work in defence, security and cyber policy, together with analysis of market demand and decision-making in a wide range of complex public policy areas.

  • Brian Michael Jenkins Joins Elite Panel on Domestic Intelligence Gathering

    Aug 26, 2014

    Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the RAND president and an expert on transportation security and terrorism, has joined the “Blue Ribbon Panel,” which will preside over work by a Business Executives for National Security task force to determine whether post-9/11 reforms have kept pace with evolving threats to homeland security.

  • Gen. Amos Discusses the Future of the USMC at RAND

    Jan 29, 2014

    The hard-won lessons of Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade will serve the U.S. Marine Corps well as it faces new challenges around the world, Marine Corps Commandant James F. Amos told a gathering at RAND's Washington headquarters.