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  • An Interactive Look at the U.S.-China Military Scorecard

    To advance the public debate, RAND Project AIR FORCE used open, unclassified sources to compile 'The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power.' Use this interactive graphic to explore the operational areas covered in the report.

  • Demystifying the Citizen Soldier

    Dec 3, 2015

    The National Guard is often portrayed as the modern heir to the colonial militia—and home of today's "citizen soldiers." But what exactly does this term mean, and does it still apply to the institution that the National Guard is today?

  • Air Force Commander's Guide to Diversity and Inclusion

    Sep 25, 2015

    The Air Force has expanded its approach to diversity to include skills, background, and ways of thinking. This transition will require an adaptive and agile leadership that can leverage diversity while maintaining unit cohesion.

  • Chinese Threats to U.S. Surface Ships

    Sep 14, 2015

    Discussion about China's military modernization has included little comparative analysis of Chinese and U.S. military capabilities. This brief focuses on improvements to China's ability to target U.S. surface ships, especially aircraft carriers.

  • U.S. and Chinese Air Superiority Capabilities

    Sep 14, 2015

    Discussion about China's military modernization has included little comparative analysis of Chinese and U.S. military capabilities. This brief focuses on improvements to China's ability to contest U.S. air superiority in an Asian conflict.

  • Chinese Attacks on U.S. Air Bases in Asia

    Sep 14, 2015

    Discussion about China's military modernization has included little comparative analysis of Chinese and U.S. military capabilities. This brief focuses on improvements to China's ability to disrupt or degrade U.S. operations by attacking air bases.

  • Tallying the U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Relative Capabilities and the Evolving Balance of Power, 1996–2017

    Sep 14, 2015

    Discussion about China's military modernization has focused on new weapon systems, with little comparative analysis of Chinese and U.S. military forces and development. This brief summarizes a RAND Project AIR FORCE study that seeks to fill this gap.

  • China's Military Modernization Increasingly Challenges U.S. Defense Capabilities in Asia

    Sep 14, 2015

    Although China continues to lag behind the United States in terms of aggregate military hardware and operational skills, it has improved its capabilities relative to those of the U.S. in many critical areas. Moreover, China does not need to catch up fully in order to challenge U.S. ability to conduct effective military operations near the Chinese mainland.