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.

  • America's Security Deficit: Addressing the Imbalance Between Strategy and Resources in a Turbulent World

    Oct 8, 2016

    Currently projected levels of defense spending are insufficient to meet the demands of an ambitious national security strategy. That will require policymakers to choose among options for responding to a belligerent Russia, China's growing military power, Salafi-jihadist terror groups and other threats. This report focuses on ways the United States might adapt military instruments to meet these emerging challenges, focusing the balance between costs and the interests at stake.

  • Using Technology to Treat PTSD

    Sep 23, 2016

    The majority of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) do not receive adequate care. Internet and computer-based treatments (ICTs) are a promising way to increase access to treatment for PTSD.

  • The Value of Overseas Security Commitments

    Sep 22, 2016

    U.S. overseas security commitments have positive and significant effects on both U.S. bilateral trade and non-U.S. global bilateral trade. If commitments were reduced, the economic costs from lost trade would be more than triple any associated savings in defense spending.

  • Reducing the Risk of Suicide Among Women Veterans

    Sep 19, 2016

    Addressing military sexual trauma, adding questions about self-harm to suicide risk assessments, and restricting access to lethal suicide means may help reduce the risk of suicide for women veterans.

  • Al Shabaab Is Weakened but Not Defeated in Somalia

    Sep 13, 2016

    Efforts to weaken the al Qa'ida-linked terrorist group al Shabaab in Somalia have had some success, but the U.S. campaign there is in jeopardy. Urgent steps are needed to address the political, economic, and governance challenges at the heart of the conflict.

National Security News

  • Sladden Presents Research at RUSI Land Warfare Conference in London

    Jul 1, 2016

    RAND Europe analyst James Sladden and RAND senior international policy analyst Linda Robinson addressed the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Land Warfare Conference in London on 28 June 2016.

  • Persi Paoli Speaks at Arms Trade Treaty Workshop

    Apr 11, 2016

    RAND Europe expert Giacomo Persi Paoli participated in a workshop on building capacity for the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), hosted by the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific in cooperation with the Government of Thailand, on 4-5 April 2016 in Bangkok.

  • 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.