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:

  • Report

    Weighing Options for Australia's Naval Shipbuilding

    Apr 16, 2015

    Australia is examining an enterprise-level naval shipbuilding plan. All three options — sustaining a domestic naval shipbuilding industry, buying ships from foreign shipbuilders, or building ships partially in-country and partially overseas — have complex consequences and trade-offs.

  • Project

    Dispelling Myths About Armed Drones

    Mar 18, 2015

    The use of armed drones has dramatically increased over the past years, raising widespread fears and leading to calls for new arms control efforts and the establishment of international norms. However, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as they are also known, are fundamentally misunderstood.

  • Multimedia

    The Use of Long-Range Armed Drones: Fact v. Myth

    Mar 3, 2015

    In this March 2015 Congressional Briefing, a panel of RAND experts discuss the effect of armed drones on global warfare, whether U.S. policy on armed drones shapes the way other nations deploy them, and the sale of armed drones to allies.

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    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.