Acquisition and Technology

technology

Overview

Technology has long been an advantage for U.S. forces, and the advances now coming off the shelf could increase America's lead. At the same time, decisionmakers must develop and acquire cutting-edge military systems in an era of ever-tighter resource constraints. They must also consider the implications of information warfare, constantly emerging battlefield technologies, and advanced modeling and simulation for military practice.

Organization

RAND research on acquisition and technology issues is conducted within each of RAND's national security research divisions and collaboratively across the RAND research community.

Key Research Centers:

  • Project

    Additive Manufacturing and Obsolescence Management for Defence

    Jul 30, 2015

    To help defence policymakers understand the background and context regarding industrial 3-D printing and whether it could be useful for managing obsolescence in defence systems, RAND Europe is collecting and synthesising opinions of researchers in manufacturing and defence.

  • Report

    Comparing U.S. Army Systems with Foreign Counterparts

    May 13, 2015

    To address possible capability gaps in its systems, the U.S. Army should examine options for countering long-range rockets, support research and development in robotics, consider approaches to lighten the loads for infantrymen, and examine the need for a new specialized manned reconnaissance aircraft.

  • Report

    Measuring and Managing Army Supply Chain Risk

    May 7, 2015

    Researchers developed a NIIN-based methodology in order to assess the supply chain risks that are most critical to the Army, as well as to assess supply chain risk by weapons system and supplier. This methodology may be valuable in helping Army Materiel Command reduce risks stemming from its contracting processes.

  • research_briefs

    The Advantages and Disadvantages of Seeking Commonality in Military Equipment2011

    Examines the desirable and undesirable trade-offs that U.S. Army decisionmakers must make regarding commonality in military equipment.

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    Alternative Fuels for Military Applications2011

    The military services have established programs geared toward reducing dependence on the use of petroleum-derived fuels in tactical weapon systems. This monograph examines alternative fuels that are candidates for military applications, focusing on economic viability, greenhouse gas emissions, military utility, and current alternative fuel development, testing, and certification efforts within the Department of Defense.

  • MG991

    Are Ships Different? Policies and Procedures for the Acquisition of Ship Programs2011

    Department of Defense policies, procedures, and organizations for program management and oversight of defense acquisition programs do not align well with shipbuilding. Ship acquisition programs have characteristics that deviate from the normal framework in significant ways, resulting in disconnects and some confusion. The authors examine these differences and suggest policies that can better account for them.