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Framing a Strategic Approach for Reserve Component Joint Officer Management - Nov. 24, 2006

Military successes over the last 15 years testify to the effectiveness of the joint military force that has since been evolving. However, the rise in importance of counterinsurgency operations and irregular warfare illustrate the need for joint force responsiveness to changing threats.

Air Power Against Terror: America's Conduct of Operation Enduring Freedom - Nov. 24, 2006

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 plunged the United States into a determined counteroffensive against Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network. This report details the initial U.S. military response to those attacks, namely, the destruction of al Qaeda’s terrorist infrastructure and the removal of the ruling Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Most Military Reservists See Earnings Increase When Called to Active Duty

More intensive use of the U.S. military reserves since 9/11 has been accompanied by concerns that many reservists suffer substantial financial losses when they are activated. However, contrary to recent survey evidence, most reservists see their earnings increase when they are called to active duty.

Five Decades of Research Reveal Lessons for Counterinsurgency Operations

The conduct of the war on terror demands that the United States improve its ability to conduct counterinsurgency operations. Recommendations include implementing or expanding amnesty and reward programs and focusing pacification efforts on the lowest political echelons.

Space-Launch Vehicles Likely to Meet National Security Needs Through 2020

With no breakthroughs likely in space propulsion or rocket design in the near future, a new family of space-launch vehicles developed for military payloads should satisfy all projected national security needs through 2020.

Advanced Countries to Benefit Most from Technological Progress

An examination of 29 countries' science and technology capacity indicates that the global technology revolution will continue unabated over the next 15 years, but some countries will be in a better position than others to take full advantage of it.

Reducing the Cost of U.S. Navy Ships

Over the past four decades, U.S. Navy ship costs have exceeded the rate of inflation. As a result, it is becoming more difficult to afford the ships that the fleet needs. Limiting growth in features and reconsidering the mission orientation of ships may help reduce costs.

Combating Al Qaeda and the Militant Islamic Threat

Testimony presented by Bruce Hoffman to the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities on February 16, 2006.

Rebuilding Security Forces and Institutions in Iraq

The Coalition Provisional Authority's record at rebuilding Iraqi security forces and building security sector institutions has been mixed, with too much emphasis on meeting short-term Iraqi security needs at the expense of long-term institution-building.

Military Service Members Value Deployments

U.S. military personnel value deployments as an opportunity to use their training in real world missions, take on new responsibilities and participate in meaningful operations. However, stress from long work hours and demanding work schedules significantly reduces service members' intentions to re-enlist.

The New Face of Naval Strike Warfare


The combat leverage of U.S. carrier strike groups has improved qualitatively since Sept. 11, 2001, with carrier-based fighters conducting coordinated missions in areas of Afghanistan and Iraq well beyond coastal reaches. Future plans hold promise for further advancements.

Using Biometrics to Achieve Identity Dominance in the Global War on Terrorism

Just as the U.S. military has established its superiority in other arts of war, it must now work with other U.S. government organizations to strive for identity dominance over terrorist and national-security threats who pose harm to American lives and interests.

Helping a Palestinian State Succeed

Creating a Palestinian state poses myriad political, economic, social, and environmental challenges. Overcoming these obstacles requires a comprehensive plan for nation-building and a design to meet the population's infrastructure needs.

Working Around the Military: Challenges of Military Spouse Employment

While many spouses of military service members work and seek education similar to their "look-alike" civilian counterparts, they often lag these equals in terms of finding jobs and receiving comparable pay. Based on the input of more than 1,100 military spouses concerning their employment and educational pursuits as well as other data analysis, the RAND researchers offer recommendations for the Department of Defense to improve quality-of-life issues for its members and spouses, which in the long run will help the department retain the qualified personnel it needs.

Dissuading Terror: Strategic Influence and the Struggle Against Terrorism

U.S. government decisionmakers face a number of challenges as they attempt to form policies that aim to dissuade terrorists from attacking the United States, divert youths from joining terrorist groups, and persuade the leaders of states and nongovernmental institutions to withhold support for terrorists. The successes or failures of such policies and campaigns have long-lasting effects. The findings of this research help U.S. decisionmakers more closely refine how and in what circumstances strategic influence campaigns can best be applied.