Although the numbers of Westerners slipping off to join the jihadist fronts in Syria and Iraq are murky, U.S. counterterrorism officials believe that those fighters pose a clear and present danger to American security.
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U.S. and Japanese experts explored the challenges for the U.S.-Japan alliance associated with China's military modernization drive and increasing foreign policy assertiveness; the threats posed by North Korea's conventional and WMD capabilities as well as the risk of regime collapse; sustaining and advancing trade liberalization; bilateral security issues; the use of new Track II and Track 1.5 dialogues; and national security in outer space.
Advancing the Careers of Military Spouses: An Assessment of Education and Employment Goals and Barriers Facing Military Spouses Eligible for MyCAA2015
The authors compare recent users and nonusers of My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA), a scholarship program for eligible military spouses pursuing associate's degrees, occupational certificates, or licenses in portable career fields. Through survey data, they investigate program use and nonuse and educational and employment experiences, preferences, and barriers. They conclude with recommendations for the Department of Defense.
In an effort to understand the scope and dynamics of Islamist extremism and terrorism in Europe, this book takes into account recent developments, in particular the emergence of Syria as a major destination of European jihadists. Angel Rabasa and Cheryl Benard describe the history, methods, and evolution of jihadist networks in Europe with particular nuance, providing a useful primer for the layperson and a sophisticated analysis for the expert.
Retention and Promotion of High-Quality Civil Service Workers in the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce2015
The defense acquisition workforce includes both military and civilian personnel who provide a range of acquisition, technology, and logistics support (products and services). This report examines data from Defense Manpower Data Center files and draws from previous related RAND analyses to address questions about factors that affect personnel retention and career advancement in the civilian acquisition workforce.
Access to Behavioral Health Care for Geographically Remote Service Members and Dependents in the U.S.2015
Concerns about access to behavioral health care for military service members and their dependents living in geographically remote locations prompted research into how many in this population are remote and the effects of this distance on their use of behavioral health care. The authors conducted geospatial and longitudinal analyses to answer these questions and reviewed current policies and programs to determine barriers and possible solutions.
Far from Care: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Care for Remote Service Members and Their Families2015
RAND researchers sought to identify how many U.S. military service members and their dependents are remote from behavioral health care and the effects of this distance on their access to and use of care.