National Security: Featured Research

  • Building a Sustainable International Order

    Oct 18, 2016

    Since 1945, the United States has pursued its global interests through a policy of consistent but evolving support for a liberal international order. In recent years, however, international challenges - such as the rise of new powers, climate change, and failed states - have led to an intensified debate about the future of the U.S. relationship with that order.

  • Developing an Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation Framework for U.S. Department of Defense Security Cooperation

    Oct 6, 2016

    Existing assessment, monitoring, and evaluation practices inside and outside the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) are explored to produce a proposal for the creation of a system for security cooperation.

  • Rethinking Russia's Threat to NATO

    Sep 30, 2016

    A series of wargames examined the probable outcome of a Russian invasion of the Baltic states. The wargames showed that a near-term Russian invasion could reach the Estonian and Latvian capitals in less than 60 hours.

  • 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.

  • People's Liberation Army Air Force Aviation Training at the Operational Unit

    Sep 20, 2016

    How does People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) training compare with unit-level pilot training in the U.S. Air Force? Researchers assess PLAAF pilot proficiency by examining training held at operational aviation units.

  • More Research Would Inform Innovative Approaches to Veteran Employment

    Jul 8, 2016

    While the aim of veteran employment programs is to help veterans transition to civilian jobs, their impact is unclear. RAND hosted two workshops to recommend improvements to veteran employment opportunities and identify research gaps.

  • Reimagining and Modernizing U.S. Airborne Forces for the 21st Century

    Apr 20, 2016

    Many of the challenges the U.S. will face in the coming years across the range of military operations could be deep inland and require rapid response. Airborne forcible entry — with reimagined and modernized airborne forces — would offer decisionmakers options in crises that they do not possess today.

  • Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Military Health System

    Apr 18, 2016

    Among service members diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, the majority of cases are concussions. Understanding the characteristics of service members with these injuries and their treatment patterns can inform the delivery of high-quality care.

  • Insights from the Deployment Life Study

    Apr 7, 2016

    Study findings describe the effects of deployment on marital relationships, family environment, psychological and behavioral health, child well-being, and military integration.

  • Insights from the Deployment Life Study

    Apr 7, 2016

    The final report from the Deployment Life Study presents analyses on marital relationships, family environment, psychological and behavioral health, child well-being, and military integration.

  • A New Kind of Battlefield Awaits the U.S. Military — Megacities

    Apr 6, 2016

    Megacities are urban areas that seep into one another and have more than 10 million inhabitants. To counter violent non-state actors operating in megacities in the future, the U.S. military will have to be able to piece together a comprehensive and actionable intelligence picture, and under enormously challenging circumstances.

  • U.S. Special Operations Forces in the Philippines, 2001-2014

    Apr 6, 2016

    An average of 500 to 600 U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps special operations units were employed continuously in the Philippines from 2001 through 2014 under the command of a joint special operations task force. This report examines the activities and effects of U.S. special operations capabilities employed in the Philippines.

  • Assessing Homeland Security Risks: A Comparative Risk Assessment of 10 Hazards

    Apr 4, 2016

    In an organization managing risks that can kill hundreds to thousands and with an annual budget in the tens of billions, properly aligning capabilities to risks can save both dollars and lives. Researchers examine ten homeland security risks - including natural disasters, terrorist events, and major accidents - in a systematic fashion.

  • The Online Fight Against ISIS

    Apr 1, 2016

    To prevail against ISIS in cyberspace, the United States and its cyber soldiers will have to be capable of reacting quickly, while being guided by an overarching strategy. Secretary of Defense Carter urged U.S. Cyber Command to intensify the fight against ISIS but it would also be wise to recruit civilian volunteers.

  • Recruiting Strategies to Support the Army's All-Volunteer Force

    Mar 31, 2016

    How can the U.S. Army's ability to use recruiting resources and enlistment eligibility policies be improved to meet accession requirements under varying conditions? Researchers assess the cost of meeting requirements when an optimal mix of television advertising and incentives is feasible, or when an incentive-centric strategy is required.

  • RAND Arroyo Center Annual Report 2015

    Mar 30, 2016

    RAND Arroyo Center is the Army's federally funded research and development center for studies and analyses. Its mission is to help Army leaders make decisions that are informed by independent, objective, high-quality analysis. This annual report describes Arroyo's research activities in FY 2015, with profiles of its three programs providing a close look at the year's research agenda, and summarizes recent publications.

  • The Military Should Increase Efforts to Find and Enlist Young Hackers

    Mar 10, 2016

    Some notorious cyberattacks have been carried out by computer-savvy teens. They don't all have criminal intentions, they just have a particular aptitude for writing code and operating in cyberspace. The U.S. military should consider embracing and cultivating this pool of talent.

  • Do 'Guardian Forces' Belong in the Military?

    Mar 10, 2016

    More and more national security workers in and out of uniform never get close to combat. They address cyber threats, operate satellite constellations, and control drones. It's time to rethink their place in the system.

  • Using Big Data to Identify the Concerns of Potential Army Recruits

    Mar 9, 2016

    How can anonymous data from Internet searches inform how interest in military careers has evolved over time, and by geographic location? Researchers assess empirical applications of web search data, and discuss the prospective value such data can offer Army recruiting efforts.

  • Modularity and Flexibility in Future Ship Designs

    Mar 3, 2016

    What are the U.S. Navy's options for extending the service lives of operational ships by adopting the concepts of modularity and flexibility in ship design? Researchers examine the concepts of modularity and flexibility, technological trends, the current geopolitical context, and lessons from past incorporation of new missions and technologies into naval ships.