National Security Research Division

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.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • The Baltic Balance: How to Reduce the Chances of War in Europe

    Jul 2, 2015

    Recent announcements of increased U.S. military support in the Baltics are a positive step in addressing a major new challenge to European security.

  • Understanding the U.S. Military's Morale Crisis

    Jun 29, 2015

    The military's discontent may stem from dissonance between the commitment to, and pride in, the mission in Iraq and Afghanistan and the knowledge that these sacrifices have not yielded the desired results. Those wars arguably have prompted a crisis of confidence within the military itself.

  • What to Make of the White Paper on China's Military Strategy

    Jun 27, 2015

    Reflecting critical developments under the Xi administration, China's recent “Military Strategy” white paper signals a turn toward a potentially more coercive phase of China's rise.

  • The Price of Peace

    Jun 24, 2015

    Groundbreaking analysis by a team of RAND economists and policy experts reveals how much Israelis and Palestinians stand to lose from the enduring conflict, and how much they could gain in peace.

  • The Enemy You Know and the Ally You Don't

    Jun 23, 2015

    Arming Iraq's Sunni militias to fight the Islamic State may seem like a quick fix, but newly declassified documents suggest it might only add fuel to the fire.

  • Tunisia in the Crosshairs

    Jun 22, 2015

    The open-ended nature of the Islamic State group's threat against Tunisair suggests that it intends to target Tunisia for the long haul. The United States should counter the threats with steadfast and sustained cooperation and assistance.

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