There are 5.5 million military caregivers across the United States, with nearly 20 percent caring for someone who served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Military caregivers experience more health problems, face greater strains in family relationships, and have more workplace issues than noncaregivers. Changes are needed to both provide assistance to caregivers and to help them make plans for the future.
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Defense analysis can improve support of policymakers dealing with multiple objectives and deep uncertainties. Doing so will involve both seeing through the fog with simple analysis and undergirding results with depth as necessary. It will emphasize balancing across objectives and hedging against uncertainty. Modern methods for doing so are available but they require displacement of some familiar processes and analytic expectations.
Armed drones are making the headlines, especially in their role in targeted killings. RAND researchers examined whether these weapons are transformative, how dangerous their proliferation will be, and whether U.S. use of them can shape a broader set of international norms that discourage their misuse by others.
Stop-loss retains soldiers who are scheduled to end their terms of service during a deployment. The Office of the Secretary of Defense identified a set of alternative policies for reducing or eliminating the use of stop-loss in the Army. This briefing documents the results of a study of these proposed alternative policies, focusing on their quantitative effects on deployed-unit fill, personnel stability, and individual deployment tempo.
This report presents an approach and framework for determining what parties have authority to issue interoperability policy, the legal and policy origins and implementation paths of the authority, and the extent of the authority. The approach includes rigorous analysis by researchers to identify pertinent authorities in federal law and a means to facilitate discovery of roles and responsibilities in Department of Defense and Service policies.
Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee on February 4, 2014.
Battles between rival rebel groups and within terrorist organizations are not uncommon. In response to an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that killed the leader of a rival group, Ayman al-Zawahiri took the unprecedented step of publicly expelling ISIL from al Qaeda. Such a break creates risks for both ISIL's and al Qaeda's leadership and could create new intelligence and propaganda opportunities for the United States.