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.
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The PLA and China's Rejuvenation: National Security and Military Strategies, Deterrence Concepts, and Combat Capabilities2016
This study describes China's national and security strategies and its approach to war and escalation control; summarizes its military capabilities developments; and reviews its concepts for deterrence in strategic (nuclear, space, and cyber) and conventional domains. The study concludes with implications for U.S. policymakers and warfighters.
An Enhanced Capability to Model How Compensation Policy Affects U.S. Department of Defense Civil Service Retention and Cost2016
Researchers extend RAND's dynamic retention model for Defense Department civil service workers by reestimating pay profiles, adding costing capability, obtaining estimates for separate and combined cohorts, and allowing estimates to differ for veterans and nonveterans. They apply the extended model to simulate the retention and cost effects of mandating workers to pay a larger share of contributions into the Federal Employees Retirement System.
Military spouses' career earnings are significantly and negatively affected by the permanent change-of-station moves required by their military spouses.
RAND conducted two cybersecurity-focused discovery games in Washington, D.C., and California's Silicon Valley that aimed to capture the widest possible range of perspectives. The goals were to explore opportunities for improving cybersecurity, assess the implications of possible solutions, and develop an initial framework to support debate and inform decisions regarding cybersecurity policies and practices.
Defining the Roles, Responsibilities, and Functions for Data Science Within the Defense Intelligence Agency2016
This report addresses and recommends potential methods for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to identify, hire, and organize data scientists. The authors examine data science activities in the private sector and university-level data science training and also explore hiring and retention options for creating a data science capability within DIA. They also examine the results of interviews with DIA employees.
Conducting medical evacuations and other personnel recovery missions in Africa is challenging because of the continent's vast geographic scope and the small number of U.S. personnel scattered across it. This report studies the military medical literature and recent historical cases to explore the relationships between rescuability and time.