National Security Research Division

  • Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers

    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.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • North Korea's Latest Military Operations

    Apr 8, 2014

    Whatever form of chest thumping comes next from Kim, it is clear that his goal is to put forward the appearance of strength and power, when in reality he faces instability at home and scorn from the international community.

  • Conaton Named Head of International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND

    Apr 1, 2014

    Erin C. Conaton joined RAND this week as director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center. She has 15 years of experience in defense policy, programs and budgeting; military strategy; and military personnel policy and readiness.

  • No Easy Answers for Ukraine

    Mar 26, 2014

    What Russia seeks from its adventure is status, importance and free reign in its neighborhood, for a start. If sanctions and other responses are short-lived, Moscow will feel victorious, and possibly emboldened to future aggression.

  • I Predicted Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

    Mar 7, 2014

    The Russian military intervention caught many foreign policy analysts by surprise. Articles explaining why Russia wouldn't intervene ran in Foreign Affairs, Time, and the New York Times; and even the intelligence community was caught off guard. Events have proven them wrong.

  • RAND Experts: Diplomacy Is the Best Course in Ukraine

    Mar 4, 2014

    Western concern over the crisis in Ukraine intensified with Russian military advances into Crimea. With Russian President Putin defending the incursion and Secretary of State Kerry on the ground in Kiev, RAND experts say a diplomatic solution is the only viable option.

  • Should the U.S. Move the Marines to Guam?

    Feb 28, 2014

    The option to permanently base Marines on Guam should hinge on the benefits of the location and the costs. Guam scores poorly on both counts and better options exist. However, previous guidance provided to the Marine Corps constrains consideration of such options.

Recent Publications

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    Analysis to Inform Defense Planning Despite Austerity2014

    Paul K. Davis

    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.

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    Armed and Dangerous? UAVs and U.S. Security2014

    Lynn E. Davis, Michael J. McNerney, James S. Chow, Thomas Hamilton, Sarah Harting, Daniel Byman

    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.

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    Assessing Stop-Loss Policy Options Through Personnel Flow Modeling2014

    Stephen D. Brady

    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.

  • RR357

    Authority to Issue Interoperability Policy2014

    Carolyn Wong, Daniel Gonzales

    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.

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    Back to the Future: The Resurgence of Salafi-Jihadists2014

    Seth G. Jones

    Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee on February 4, 2014.

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    Brothers Killing Brothers: The Current Infighting Will Test al Qaeda's Brand2014

    Brian Michael Jenkins

    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.