Experiences during a service member's deployment can have a profound impact on how families fare during the reintegration period. But for many experienced military families, functioning eventually returns to pre-deployment levels.
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A Saudi-Led Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism: Welcome Muscle in the Fight Against Terrorism, Desert Mirage, or Bad Idea?2016
In December 2015, Saudi Arabia announced that it was creating a military alliance of Muslim-majority nations to fight terrorism. This RAND perspective explores the reasons behind the announcement, the likelihood of such an alliance being realized, what it might mean for the Middle East if it is, and how the United States should respond to the initiative.
Congress is considering how to update TRICARE, the health benefits program for beneficiaries of the U.S. Department of Defense. The program was created in the 1980s and was based on managed care concepts from civilian health plans. In this Perspective, the authors evaluate two existing proposals for TRICARE reform that incorporate value-based purchasing and describe an alternative approach that blends the existing proposals.
This report assesses the campaign against the Islamic State (ISIL), focusing on the military and political aspects. It evaluates the capabilities and motivations of the counter-ISIL forces, as well as U.S.-led efforts to provide training, equipment, advice, and assistance. While some degradation of ISIL has been achieved, lasting defeat will require more capable indigenous forces and political agreements among Iraqis and Syrians.
This book is a narrative of the author Shelly Culbertson's journey through six countries of the Middle East, describing countries, historical perspective, and interviews with revolution and government figures. It delves into what Arab Spring optimism was about, and at the same time sheds light on the pain and dysfunction that continues to plague some parts of the region.
Extending Depot Length and Intervals for DDG-51-Class Ships: Examining the 72-Month Operational Cycle2016
One way for the Navy to operate its ships more cost-effectively might be for it to alter the employment schedules of Navy surface vessels to get the greatest benefit in terms of operating efficiency and crew effectiveness. This report assesses the potential challenges and benefits associated with changing the employment schedule of one class of ships — the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class of destroyers — to a 72-month operational cycle.
This research brief describes the first comprehensive study of care for mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, in the Military Health System, including patient characteristics, care settings, co-occurring conditions, and long-term care needs.