National Security: Featured Research

  • 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.

  • 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.