National Security: Featured Research

  • Despite Withdrawal, Russian Invasion of Eastern Ukraine Still Possible

    May 21, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin would prefer to avoid further military action, but movement of Russian troops into eastern Ukraine is still possible if Putin is unable to extend his influence and prevent the country from aligning with the European Union.

  • Improving Demographic Diversity in the U.S. Air Force Officer Corps

    May 20, 2014

    To what extent does the representation of women and racial and ethnic minorities in the Air Force match the make-up of the general population? Despite the Air Force's efforts, minority groups and women are underrepresented in the active-duty line officer population, particularly among senior leaders.

  • An Evaluation of the Implementation and Perceived Utility of the Airman Resilience Training Program

    May 19, 2014

    Airman Resilience Training (ART) is a psychoeducational program designed to improve reactions to stress during and after deployment and to increase the use of needed mental health services. Its effectiveness is examined as part of an effort to evaluate programs that support psychological health and care for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

  • Rethinking U.S. Force Planning

    May 16, 2014

    While the renewed interest in crisis response forces by the military services is welcome in these times of uncertainty, forces that are permanently assigned to a geographic combatant command and based in a region continue to offer distinct benefits. RAND research has shown that an overseas presence enhances contingency responsiveness in most cases.

  • Increasing Numbers of U.S. Army Recruits Enlist Some Years After High School

    Apr 22, 2014

    More than half of all U.S. Army recruits are choosing to join later in life instead of immediately after high school graduation. Older recruits tend to reenlist and receive promotions at greater rates than their younger peers.

  • North Korea's Latest Military Operations

    Apr 8, 2014

    Whatever form of chest thumping comes next from Kim, it is clear that his goal is to put forward the appearance of strength and power, when in reality he faces instability at home and scorn from the international community.

  • Russia Hacks a U.S. Drone in Crimea as Cyberwarfare Has Gone Wireless

    Apr 7, 2014

    For American audiences and policymakers alike, cyber activities in Crimea provide a chilling reminder that cyberspace is emerging as a 21st-century global battlefield.

  • Why the Pentagon Can't Bypass BRAC

    Apr 1, 2014

    By trying to cut Congress out of the loop and bypass the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC), the Pentagon is more likely to antagonize Capitol Hill and undermine its efforts to make sensible cuts in defense spending.

  • Assessing Security Cooperation as a Preventive Tool

    Mar 20, 2014

    Based on an analysis of security cooperation (SC) data and state fragility scores for 107 countries in 1991-2008, a correlation is described between provision of SC by the United States and a reduction in partner state fragility.

  • Should the U.S. Move the Marines to Guam?

    Feb 28, 2014

    The option to permanently base Marines on Guam should hinge on the benefits of the location and the costs. Guam scores poorly on both counts and better options exist. However, previous guidance provided to the Marine Corps constrains consideration of such options.

  • NATO Needs a Southern Strategy

    Feb 26, 2014

    If NATO wants to avoid strategic irrelevance, it needs to give increasing attention to the threats from the Middle East and North Africa region. A southern strategy should draw on recent experience, such as NATO's intervention in Libya and the successful operation in Mali.

  • Train Afghans, Corral Al Qaeda: America's Enduring Mission in Afghanistan

    Feb 10, 2014

    The mission of preventing al Qaeda from threatening the U.S. is an enduring one that will require a long-term commitment not just to counterterrorism, but to training, advising, and assisting Afghan forces so that they are better able to prosecute their own campaign against terrorists.

  • Parsing Steve Walt's 'Top 10 Mistakes' About Afghanistan

    Feb 5, 2014

    Paul Miller takes issue with four of Steve Walt's 10 points in his latest essay that lists President Obama's withdrawal deadline as one of the top 10 biggest mistakes in the war in Afghanistan.

  • The Terrorist Threat to the Sochi Olympics

    Jan 31, 2014

    From the Black September attacks on Israeli athletes in 1972, to the post 9/11 games in Salt Lake City, to the 2012 games in London, security has been a concern at all modern Olympics. Recent terrorist attacks in Russia, though, present particular concern as the world's athletes descend on Sochi.

  • Authority to Issue Interoperability Policy

    Jan 29, 2014

    Achieving interoperability among systems is instrumental to enabling critical functions, so it is important to understand what parties have authority to issue policy that governs the facets of interoperability.

  • Sourcing and Global Distribution of Medical Supplies

    Jan 28, 2014

    Opportunities exist to gain efficiencies in the global military medical logistics enterprise without sacrificing capability, notably through minimizing intermediate materiel handling, seeking the greatest value from commercial freight, and streamlining warehouse operations.

  • Developing Navy Capability to Recover Forces in Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazard Environments

    Jan 28, 2014

    How do you recover and decontaminate amphibious forces if they are attacked with chemical, biological, or radiological weapons while ashore?

  • Experts Are Working to Develop Evidence-Based Ways to Measure Anti-Terrorism Efforts

    Jan 27, 2014

    The effects of security measures ought not to be measured solely in terms of prevention. Different types of countermeasures produce different effects, such as deterrence, making it easier for security to intervene during an attempted attack, and providing visible security that reassures the public.

  • The Facts About the Metadata 'Menace'

    Jan 26, 2014

    Metadata from a phone call include information such as the direction (who called whom), length, date and time. The program does not record the location or the name associated with a call. No one is listening to the call and no content is recorded.

  • Failure to Learn: Reflections on a Career in the Post-Vietnam Army

    Jan 24, 2014

    In the aftermath of a decade of war, the Army must have an objective, serious debate — one that it never engaged in after Vietnam — to understand its experiences, both good and bad.