Defence and Security Research

RAND Europe conducts a broad range of research for policy makers in Europe and beyond. The RAND Corporation has long been recognized for its contributions to defence and security policy. The wide-ranging experience of our researchers furthers this tradition.

With expertise on key defence topics such as as equipment acquisition and personnel policy, RAND Europe advises the UK Ministry of Defence, NATO members, and beyond. Researchers also help organisations and states develop resilience in areas including cyber and counterterror, among other issues of domestic and international concern.

Featured Research

  • How Organisations Invest in Cybersecurity

    The digital dependence in developed countries has led to a situation where security vulnerabilities and security incidents potentially come accompanied by serious consequences. With this in mind, RAND Europe investigated why, where and how organisations in critical infrastructure sectors invest in cybersecurity.

Selected Research

  • Evaluation of the Dutch Defence Cyber Strategy

    01 Feb 2017

    A highly effective defence cyber strategy is vital for national and international organisations in safeguarding and increasing the effectiveness of their defence capabilities and enhancing their own cyber resilience. The Dutch Ministry of Defence has thus asked RAND Europe and VKA to evaluate its strategy.

  • Mediterranean Foresight Forum

    26 Jan 2017

    The Mediterranean Foresight Forum (MFF) was a RAND-funded effort to monitor current affairs, analyse future scenarios and simulate policy options to support the implementation of comprehensive responses to complex challenges in the Mediterranean region.

  • How to Achieve a Globalised Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

    28 Oct 2016

    The challenges identified in South and Southeast Asian countries in relation to ATT accession or ratification are predominantly issues at the ‘system level’, rather than specific capability or capacity gaps. Solving them requires a process-oriented approach, which has to be contextualised at the national level to ensure validity and sustainability.

  • Reforming NATO's Cyber Acquisition Process

    26 Oct 2016

    NATO's cyber acquisition process must be adaptive, capable of attracting new entrants and incorporating new technologies. This project aims to define the challenges NATO faces in adjusting its cyber capability development and acquisition processes and make recommendations on how to address them.

  • Understanding the Moral Dimension of Conflict

    24 Oct 2016

    Cyber and autonomous capabilities challenge the core principles of morality frameworks in a number of ways. While a prominent question in the public debate is whether morality can be reduced to an algorithm, the body of academic work on the subject is more nuanced

  • Examining Perceptions of the US, NATO, and European Security

    21 Oct 2016

    RAND Europe conducted an examination of European NATO member states' perceptions of the role of NATO and threats to the Alliance, as well as NATO capabilities. The goal was to help shape expectations about the Alliance, its role and capabilities.

  • What Does the Hidden Web Reveal About Illegal Arms Trade in Europe?

    15 Sep 2016

    The illegal arms trade in Europe is proliferating. RAND Europe is examining what role the hidden web plays in fuelling and facilitating this criminal trade.

  • Little Research Exists on UK Service Leavers’ Transition to Civilian Life

    08 Sep 2016

    The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) supports families of UK Service leavers as they transition to civilian life. To help the FiMT, more research is needed in the areas of family engagement, family breakdown, housing and spousal employment.