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.

  • Perspective on 2015 DoD Cyber Strategy

    Sep 29, 2015

    The DoD's cyber strategy is aligned with its mission, but there will be challenges to implementation—including building and maintaining a capable workforce, assessing risk across DoD networks and systems, and planning for operations.

  • The United States Faces a Gap Between Objectives and Reality in Syria and Iraq

    Sep 24, 2015

    There is a large gap between U.S. objectives and a realistic appreciation of the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Frank appraisals of the situation in the region must inform U.S. objectives, even if such assessments defy Americans' sense of progress.

  • Building the Army We Will Need

    Sep 23, 2015

    Failure to correctly estimate the number of soldiers needed or to provide adequate resources to the U.S. Army can lead to a failure of U.S. strategy and subsequent regret. Policymakers should plan and resource a larger ground force to meet the commitments that the United States has made.

  • The Changing Face of America's Front Lines: Women in Special Operations and Combat Roles

    Sep 21, 2015

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis, and RAND expert John Winkler discuss how a pioneering team of women who served alongside Rangers and SEALS in Afghanistan in 2011 helped pave the way for women's roles in the military, as well as the issues that remain.

  • Lessons from a Hacker: Cyber Concepts for Policymakers

    Sep 14, 2015

    In this September 14th congressional briefing, Lillian Ablon discusses the basics of cyber and information security and provides insights into some of the complexities of cybersecurity policymaking. Topics include why software vulnerabilities are significant, the components of cyber risk beyond the threat, motivations of various cyber threats actors, and what they exploit.

National Security News

  • 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.

  • 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.