A RAND study addressed issues of public perceptions and trust in the Israel Police, and benchmarked Israel’s law enforcement agencies against other police organizations. This year, recommendations from the report have been adopted by the Israel Police, including the launch of a pilot program for the use of body worn cameras. NSRD director and RAND Vice President Jack Riley, and Senior Economist Steven Popper are among the study’s lead authors.
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Can Smartphones and Privacy Coexist? Assessing Technologies and Regulations Protecting Personal Data on Android and iOS Devices2016
As smartphones become more ubiquitous around the globe, policymakers inevitably have to grapple with issues related to the security and privacy of these devices. This report assesses smartphone users' privacy from technical and regulatory perspectives. It describes a literature review, experiments on the two major smartphone platforms (Google's Android and Apple's iOS), and federal regulation for protecting privacy in the United States.
As part of a series on the emerging international order, this Perspective examines how elements of continuity and change in U.S. engagement with the liberal order have manifested over time, outlines four alternatives for a future U.S. approach to grand strategy, and proposes criteria for choosing among these options.
Building a Sustainable International Order: Summary of the First Workshop in the International Order Project Series2016
These conference proceedings are part of a project, titled "Building a Sustainable International Order," that aims to understand the existing international order, assess current challenges to the order, and recommend future U.S. policies with respect to the order. This conference summary reflects key insights from a January 2016 workshop discussion that informed the next stages of the project.
In the first report of a series on the emerging international order, RAND researchers examine the liberal order in effect since World War II, including the mechanisms by which the order affects state behavior, the engines that drive states to participate, and the U.S. approach to the order since 1945.
RAND researchers assessed whether the system, management, and number of reserve component general and flag officers were appropriate.
Workforce Downsizing and Restructuring in the Department of Defense: The Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment Program Versus Involuntary Separation2016
This report assesses the cost-effectiveness of using the Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) program — a downsizing tool available to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) personnel managers — to reduce the size of the DoD civilian workforce, in conjunction with or instead of imposing involuntary separations. It also considers how the amount and structure of VSIP could be improved.