Dozens of young Americans have attempted to join overseas jihadist groups in the past several years, raising special concern among counterterrorism officials that they might bring the fight home with them when they return.
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RAND released a report providing in-depth analysis of Australia's domestic shipbuilding capabilities. The work closely examined Australia's shipyards, workers and suppliers. The study was commissioned to help government policymakers and the Australian Department of Defence make informed acquisition decisions about Australia's next generation of naval surface ships.
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Assessing and Evaluating Department of Defense Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade: Desk Reference2015
The U.S. Department of Defense has struggled to assess the progress and effectiveness of its efforts to inform, influence, and persuade audiences in support of key national security objectives. Best practices and examples from a range of sectors can guide the assessment of these activities, ensuring that they support broader military campaign goals while saving time and limited resources.
Assessing and Evaluating Department of Defense Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade: Handbook for Practitioners2015
The U.S. Department of Defense has struggled to assess the progress and effectiveness of its efforts to inform, influence, and persuade audiences in support of key national security objectives. This handbook compiles strong assessment practices and examples from a range of sectors in an easy-to-navigate, quick-reference format for defense assessment practitioners.
Assessing and Evaluating Department of Defense Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade: An Annotated Reading List2015
Although the U.S. Department of Defense is making an effort to infuse sound assessment principles in doctrine and to expand assessment-related military-academic course offerings, these efforts will take time to bear fruit. To help fill the temporary gap, RAND produced a reading list on best assessment practices across a range of sectors to support self-study and help broaden the expertise of assessment personnel and stakeholders.
There Will Be Battles in the Heart of Your Abode: The Threat Posed by Foreign Fighters Returning From Syria and Iraq: Addendum2015
Document submitted on April 17, 2015 as an addendum to testimony presented before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 12, 2015.
The Economic Consequences of Investing in Shipbuilding: Case Studies in the United States and Sweden2015
This report assesses the economic impacts that a shipbuilder has on its local community and region. The authors utilize a case study methodology to examine two U.S. shipbuilders and the Saab Aeronautics Gripen program in Sweden. While each shipbuilder has had beneficial effects on its local economy, neither shipbuilder has given rise to the ecosystem of favorable spillovers and spin-offs that the Gripen program seems to have created.
To prepare for its next Defence White Paper, Australia is examining an enterprise-level naval shipbuilding plan. To support this effort, RAND researchers explore the feasibility of Australia sustaining a domestic naval shipbuilding industry compared with buying ships from foreign shipbuilders. The authors outline the complex consequences and trade-offs of both options.