National Security: Featured Research

  • Media Conference Call on the North Korea Crisis

    Apr 20, 2017

    RAND experts Bruce Bennett, Mike Mazarr, and Andrew Scobell host a conference call with news media discussing the latest developments between North Korea, the United States, and China. Senior Media Relations Officer Khorshied Samad moderates the call.

  • Limiting Regret and Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States

    Mar 1, 2017

    Testimonies presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces on March 1, 2017.

  • Defining an Approach for Future Close Air Support Capability

    Jan 30, 2017

    Close air support (CAS) is about providing airborne firepower for troops on the ground. The Army has relied on Air Force A-10s to supply CAS for some time, but the Air Force now plans to retire the aircraft. What are the consequences for the Army, and what alternatives can it pursue?

  • Helping Soldiers Use Army Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities in Civilian Jobs

    Jan 24, 2017

    Each Army military occupational specialty (MOS) requires a mix of knowledge, skills, and abilities that can be of significant value to civilian employers. Researchers use results from occupation surveys administered to soldiers in selected Army MOSs to identify a broad range of military-civilian occupation matches.

  • Developing Senior Leaders for the Reserve Components

    Jan 19, 2017

    Leader development is one of the most important priorities for the U.S. military. How can the development of senior leaders in the reserve be improved? And how can leader development policies serve the goal of an effective and integrated Total Force?

  • Saving the Government Money: Examples from RAND's FFRDCs

    Dec 20, 2016

    RAND's federally funded research and development centers apply research capital they have developed over the years to help decisionmakers solve problems and often save money as well. This publication lists and briefly summarizes some RAND projects undertaken over the past several years that have helped save the government money or that have identified ways to do so.

  • Waging Insurgent Warfare: Lessons From the Vietcong to the Islamic State

    Nov 1, 2016

    A new book from terrorist expert Seth G. Jones, Director of NSRD’s International Security and Defense Policy Center, explores the history of 181 insurgencies since the end of World War II, providing lessons for those fighting insurgent campaigns today in such countries as Syria, Libya and Iraq.

  • Assessing the Training and Operational Proficiency of China's Aerospace Forces: Selections from the Inaugural Conference of the China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI)

    Oct 20, 2016

    This volume contains revised versions of three presentations on Chinese aerospace training and operational competence issues from a June 2015 China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) conference. Presentations concentrate on People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) leadership; training for PLAAF joint operations; and developments in PLAAF facility logistics and maintenance.

  • 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.

  • Challenges and Opportunities in Cyberspace

    Sep 30, 2016

    Cyberspace provides opportunities for innovation, commerce, and societal advancement but also raises significant issues for policymakers in securing cyber vulnerabilities, ensuring privacy and protection of personal data, and considering the use of cyber weapons as a national security asset.

  • 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.

  • A Nuclear North Korea

    Sep 15, 2016

    North Korea appears to be rapidly building a significant nuclear arsenal and the means to deliver those weapons. Current estimates suggest North Korean nuclear-tipped missiles could be operational between 2020 and 2025.

  • The Value of Military Installation Public-to-Public Partnerships

    Jul 12, 2016

    Partnerships have benefited both U.S. military installations and communities in terms of cost savings, improved operations, access to additional expertise and resources, and improved military-community relations.

  • 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.