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

  • Rethinking Risk in Defense

    Apr 20, 2015

    The way the United States uses risk in national security has too often been ill-defined and misleading. The country needs a more focused and precise understanding of risk at the highest levels. In the process of developing one, risk processes should be judged by how they contribute to the making of effective strategy.

  • Why the United States Needs to Be Patient with Iran

    Apr 20, 2015

    No one should expect miracles after a nuclear deal. Khamenei and his system will not change so easily. But Iranians have been patient. The United States should be as well.

  • Ukraine Crisis Is a Geopolitical Game Changer

    Apr 17, 2015

    Russia's aggression abroad and repression at home have altered the basic assumptions of earlier Western policy. By misjudging the tolerance for aggression in Europe, Moscow is bringing on the encirclement it fears. The West is now better prepared to deal with any further aggression and more confident that Ukraine's future will be as part of an enlarged Europe.

  • Learning to Let Go

    Apr 16, 2015

    Kayla Williams discusses being a minority in the veterans' community, then finding a group of other female veterans, strangers who knew more about her life than many family members.

  • Djibouti: Outpost of Stability in an Unstable Region

    Apr 10, 2015

    The collaborative role being played by the United States and Djibouti represents the kind of partnerships that are now required in the battle against terrorism, because little-known places like Djibouti are one arena where the battle could be won or lost.

  • The Most Enduring Lesson: People

    Apr 10, 2015

    Given the complex, technology-heavy, and conceptually-nuanced environment of today's military, the quality of military personnel is the dominant form of competitive advantage. All the services today place maintaining a high-quality force at the top of their list of priorities.

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