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.

  • U.S. Military Service Members May Volunteer to Extend Tours if Offered Incentives

    Feb 8, 2016

    Nearly 60 percent of U.S. military service members surveyed were unwilling to voluntarily extend their tours, believing that doing so may adversely impact quality of life, morale, or job performance. Others reported interest in longer tours if financial incentives were offered.

  • A Counterinsurgency Win in Afghanistan?

    Feb 4, 2016

    The 2015 counterinsurgency (COIN) effort in Afghanistan ranks among the low end of historical COIN winners. The Afghan government and security forces are capable of maintaining the current stalemate with the Taliban. This is the first step on the most promising path to peace: a negotiated settlement.

  • Balancing Demand and Supply for Veterans' Health Care

    Feb 4, 2016

    What are veterans' demographics and health care needs and how might these evolve? What resources and capacity to deliver health care does the Department of Veterans Affairs have and how might this impact veterans' access? What should policymakers consider when examining changes to VA's use of purchased care?

  • Reinforcing Deterrence on NATO's Eastern Flank

    Feb 2, 2016

    The U.S. plans to send more heavy weapons and armored vehicles to American and NATO forces in Central and Eastern Europe in an effort to deter Russia from further aggression in the region. In a series of wargames, RAND researchers examined the threat Russia may present to the Baltic republics and found that as currently postured, NATO could not defend the territory.

  • Robust Decision-Making Could Be a Valuable Tool For Defense Planning

    Feb 1, 2016

    Robust decision-making (RDM) can provide useful inputs to defense planning—particularly to the air-launched munitions mix challenge. As it continues to be validated, RDM could be integrated more and more into the defense planning process.

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  • RAND Studies Help Inform Pentagon Decision to Open Combat Roles to Women

    Feb 5, 2016

    RAND researchers addressed topics such as whether members of U.S. special forces are ready to integrate women into their ranks and what lessons may be learned from other militaries that already have integrated women into combat positions.

  • Henry S. Rowen, Second President of RAND, Dies at 90

    Nov 16, 2015

    Henry “Harry” S. Rowen, who as the second president of the RAND Corporation oversaw the creation of its graduate school and extended RAND's reach into domestic policy in the 1970s, has died.

  • RAND Hosts Cybersecurity Exercise

    Sep 3, 2015

    The discussion of cybersecurity should not be trapped within narrow technical, national security, or legal stovepipes and should include an examination of economic, civil, and societal factors. With that goal in mind, RAND hosted an analytic exercise on cybersecurity.

  • 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.