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FEB 11, 2016

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Sobriety Program Associated with a Drop in Deaths

An innovative program that requires alcohol-involved offenders to abstain from drinking and submit to frequent alcohol tests may be associated with a drop in mortality. That's according to a new RAND study. Researchers found that the program, which combines the tests with swift, certain, and modest sanctions, was associated with a 4 percent reduction in deaths at the county level. Read more »

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Balancing Demand and Supply for Veterans' Health Care

Demand for VA health care services may outpace supply until the end of the decade. But from 2020 and onward, demand may level off or decline, barring any major conflicts or eligibility changes. That's one of many findings from three congressionally mandated assessments of the VA health care system conducted by RAND. Read more »

A long-range rocket is launched at the Sohae launch site in North Korea, February 7, 2016

A long-range rocket is launched at the Sohae launch site in North Korea, February 7, 2016. Photo by Kyodo/Reuters

North Korea's Missile: Why Now?

Why did North Korea launch a rocket last weekend? According to RAND's Bruce Bennett, Kim Jong-un has appeared weak lately, so the regime needs a success. Will the launch be enough to achieve this political goal? If not, Kim may decide he needs a more successful nuclear test before his important Seventh Party Congress in May. Read more »

Members of the Group of 20 applaud during the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, November 15, 2015

Members of the Group of 20 applaud during the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, November 15, 2015. Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters

Challenges for America's Next President

Americans are safer today than at almost any time over the past century. And despite recent setbacks, they are near the peak of prosperity. But most of them don't feel that way. That's according to RAND's James Dobbins, who discusses the challenges facing America as the presidential election offers voters “a wide spectrum of responses.” Read more »

Capt. Kristen Griest (left) and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (right) are congratulated at Ranger school graduation at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, August 21, 2015

Capt. Kristen Griest (left) and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (right) are congratulated at Ranger school graduation at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, August 21, 2015. Photo by Tami Chappell/Reuters

Opening Combat Roles to Women

In December, the Pentagon opened all U.S. military occupations to women, including serving in direct combat roles. This decision was informed by RAND research that also provides policy guidance for future efforts to put the change into place. Read more »

Marine Corps Sgt. Christian Carpenter relays commands during a tactical exercise to recover aircraft and personnel at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, January 25, 2016

Sgt. Christian Carpenter relays commands during a tactical exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, January 25, 2016. Photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Troops May Volunteer to Extend Tours for Incentive Pay

Most U.S. military service members would not volunteer to extend overseas tours. But some might agree to do so for incentive pay. That's according to a new RAND report. This suggests that the military could cut deployment costs by extending tours without reducing members' quality of life or morale. Read more »

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Events

Lessening the Risk of Refugee Radicalization: Options for Congress

Feb 16, 2016 — Washington, DC

Meeting the Health Care Needs of America's Veterans: A Summary of Three RAND Assessments Conducted Under the Veterans Choice Act

Feb 18, 2016 — Washington, DC

U.S.-Japan Alliance Conference: Strengthening Strategic Cooperation

Mar 14-15, 2016 — Santa Monica, CA

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