National Security Research Division

  • Insights from the Deployment Life Study

    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.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Strategic Reversal in Afghanistan

    Jun 24, 2016

    A new contingency plan considers what an unraveling of Afghanistan's political and security situation over the next 18 months would mean — and what can be done to prevent it.

  • Don't Learn the Wrong Lessons from Rapid Acquisition

    Jun 23, 2016

    Rapid acquisition practices that worked during recent wars may not easily translate to peacetime endeavors. Enthusiasm for rapid acquisition must be tempered by an understanding of the circumstances that made it work and the downsides that were accepted in wartime, writes student Jon Wong (cohort '12).

  • Russia and America: The World Is Big Enough for Both of Us

    Jun 23, 2016

    The United States' approach to Russia — and any other great power — over the coming decade will ultimately be more effective if grounded in the rules, norms, and institutions that have come to characterize the postwar global system.

  • Afghanistan After Mansour

    Jun 17, 2016

    The death of Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour is unlikely to transform the conflict in Afghanistan or improve the prospects for a deal between Kabul and the Taliban. In the coming months, the U.S. presence in the country will be as important as ever.

  • The Resilience of Military Families

    Jun 16, 2016

    Deployment of a spouse and parent can shake a military family to its core. But according to RAND research, these families display remarkable resilience.

  • Orlando Nightclub Shooting: RAND Experts React

    Jun 15, 2016

    RAND experts provide perspective on the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, what it likely means within the context of the campaign against ISIS, and more.

Recent Publications