Dozens of young Americans have attempted to join overseas jihadist groups in the past several years, raising special concern among counterterrorism officials that they might bring the fight home with them when they return.
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Sustaining U.S. Leadership in the Asia-Pacific Region: Why a Strategy of Direct Defense Against Antiaccess and Area Denial Threats Is Desirable and Feasible2015
While the United States has been occupied with recent military operations, other potential adversaries have been advancing their own military capabilities in ways that are of concern. A debate over the appropriate set of responses — strategic, operational, and technical — has begun. This perspective is intended to contribute to this debate by examining a potentially effective and feasible overall military approach to the challenge — direct defense.
Federal Educational Assistance Programs Available to Service Members: Program Features and Recommendations for Improved Delivery2015
A variety of programs provide educational assistance to military service members, ranging from examinations that provide college credit for knowledge and experience gained in the military to various kinds of tuition assistance and student aid. RAND reviewed major federal-level educational assistance programs to provide an overall view of the system and suggest ways to assess it and help manage individuals' use of the programs.
Strategic communication can be made more conceptually robust and draw on a more powerful and useful suite of tools and methods by borrowing from two language-focused disciplines: rhetoric and discourse analysis.
Integrating Apples, Oranges, Pianos, Volkswagens, and Skyscrapers: On the Relationships Between Information-Related Capabilities and Other Lines of Operation2015
This article describes the various possible relationships between IRCs and the capabilities of other lines of operation.
Foundations for Assessment: The Hierarchy of Evaluation and the Importance of Articulating a Theory of Change2015
There is currently a great deal of attention to assessment in a range of defense communities. Two foundational elements for planning and conducting assessments can benefit these communities: explicit theories of change and a hierarchy for evaluation.
The Crawl, Walk, Run Progression for the Integration and Conduct of Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade2015
There is broad consensus that strategic communication is important, but there are a host of different views about exactly what it is and an equally large stack of divergent proposals for improvement or development.