PAF Publications Make RAND Top 10 Lists

RAND Best Sellers: Fiscal Year 2011

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    Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar

    Martin C. Libicki

    Cyberspace, where information — and hence serious value — is stored and manipulated, is a tempting target. An attacker could be a person, group, or state and may disrupt or corrupt the systems from which cyberspace is built. When states are involved, it is tempting to compare fights to warfare, but there are important differences. The author addresses these differences and ways the United States protect itself in the face of attack.

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    How Much Does Military Spending Add to Hawaii's Economy?

    James Hosek, Aviva Litovitz, Adam C. Resnick

    This report assesses the contribution of defense spending in Hawaii to the overall levels of output, employment, and earnings in Hawaii's economy. The analysis finds that spending on defense procurement and personnel was related to 18 percent of Hawaii's 2009 GDP and 101,000 jobs. A sensitivity analysis indicates that defense personnel savings rates and where some earnings are spent could decrease the result by around 10 percent.

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    Pacification in Algeria, 1956-1958

    David Galula

    When Algerian nationalists launched a rebellion against French rule in November 1954, France was forced to cope with a varied and adaptable Algerian strategy. In this volume, originally published in 1963, David Galula reconstructs the story of his highly successful command at the height of the rebellion. This groundbreaking work, with a new foreword by Bruce Hoffman, remains relevant to present-day counterinsurgency operations.

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    New Opportunities and Challenges for Taiwan's Security

    Roger Cliff, Phillip C. Saunders, Scott Warren Harold

    On November 7, 2009, the conference "Cross-Strait Relations: New Opportunities and Challenges for Taiwan's Security" brought together leading experts on political and military issues from both the United States and Taiwan to consider how a range of political, economic, and military factors are likely to shape Taiwan's security over the coming decade. The panelists' papers, included in these proceedings, represent a variety of views and analyses.

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    How Insurgencies End

    Ben Connable, Martin C. Libicki

    RAND studied 89 modern insurgency cases to test conventional understanding about how insurgencies end. Findings relevant to policymakers and analysts include that modern insurgencies last about ten years; withdrawal of state support cripples insurgencies; civil defense forces are useful for both sides; pseudodemocracies fare poorly against insurgents; and governments win more often in the long run.


RAND Top Downloads: Fiscal Year 2011

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    How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al Qa'ida

    Seth G. Jones, Martin C. Libicki

    All terrorist groups eventually end. But how? Most modern groups have ended because they joined the political process or local police and intelligence agencies arrested or killed key members. This has significant implications for dealing with al Qa'ida and suggests fundamentally rethinking post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism strategy: Policing and intelligence, not military force, should form the backbone of U.S. efforts against al Qa'ida.

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    U.S. Health Care: Facts About Cost, Access, and Quality

    Dana P. Goldman, Elizabeth A. McGlynn

    Focusing on the nation as a whole, this chart book provides an overview of key health care policy issues in the areas of cost, access, and quality. Health policy experts at RAND have assembled this chart book to provide a factual basis for addressing the nation’s health care challenges. It is based on material prepared for a series of public meetings organized by the Communications Institute in California.

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    Deradicalizing Islamist Extremists

    Angel Rabasa, Stacie L. Pettyjohn, Jeremy J. Ghez, Christopher Boucek

    Measures to prevent vulnerable individuals from radicalizing and to rehabilitate those who have already embraced Islamist extremism have been implemented in several Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, and European countries. This monograph describes and assesses the strengths and weaknesses of these programs and proposes steps that can be taken to promote and accelerate deradicalization processes.

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    Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar

    Martin C. Libicki

    Cyberspace, where information — and hence serious value — is stored and manipulated, is a tempting target. An attacker could be a person, group, or state and may disrupt or corrupt the systems from which cyberspace is built. When states are involved, it is tempting to compare fights to warfare, but there are important differences. The author addresses these differences and ways the United States protect itself in the face of attack.