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  • Employees at Atatürk Airport attend a ceremony for their coworkers who were killed in an attack at the airport, Istanbul, Turkey, June 30, 2016, photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters

    Commentary

    The Response to Every Terrorist Attack Cannot Be Another Checkpoint

    Jul 1, 2016

    The Istanbul attack will renew calls to extend security screening at the front doors of terminals. But checkpoints create bottlenecks and queues of people waiting to get through them, which then become an easy target.

  • The interior of a Tesla Model S is shown in autopilot mode in San Francisco, California, April 7, 2016, photo by Alexandria Sage/Reuters

    Commentary

    Fatal Crash Shouldn't Kill Self-Driving Cars

    Jul 16, 2016

    The first known fatality in an autonomous vehicle occurred on May 7 and raises important questions. It does not, however, mean that self-driving cars are less safe than human drivers or that development of the technology should be stopped.

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  • Aerial view of the Coronado Bridge, which connects San Diego and Coronado, at dusk

    Commentary

    Infrastructure Design Must Change with Climate

    Failure to plan for climate change in infrastructure design poses a real threat to public safety and the ability to meet environmental quality goals. Engineers need to work with scientists and risk analysts to understand climate projections and how to incorporate the information into their designs.

    Aug 12, 2016

  • The Olympic park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2, 2016

    Commentary

    The Olympic Legacy — What Can Rio Learn?

    Rio will spend $14.4 billion on the Olympics. Like other host cities, it hopes to achieve an “Olympic legacy” to ensure that this investment pays dividends after the games and provides long-term economic, social, sporting, and cultural benefits.

    Aug 3, 2016

  • U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

    Blog

    A Summer Reading List for Congress

    To help Hill staffers make the most of the Congressional recess, RAND has developed a list of must-read research and commentaries that will help ensure policymakers will return ready to hit the ground running.

    Aug 2, 2016

  • Guo Shengkun, China's Minister of Public Security, speaks during the Second U.S.-China High-Level Joint Dialogue on Cybercrime and Related Issues in Beijing, China, June 14, 2016

    Commentary

    The U.S.-China Cyber Agreement: A Good First Step

    China's apparent compliance with the cyber agreement might represent little more than a temporary shift in tactics. The U.S. should make clear that indictments may once again be sought if Chinese hackers resume cyber espionage against U.S. firms.

    Aug 1, 2016

  • A Tesla Model S with version 7.0 software update containing Autopilot features is seen during a Tesla event in Palo Alto, California, October 14, 2015

    Commentary

    Tesla Fatal Crash Reminds That Human Interface Remains Important

    The first reported fatality in a self-driving vehicle is a chilling reminder that the evolving relationship with increasingly robotic motor vehicles needs to be a partnership, an undertaking with humans and machines managing the risks.

    Jul 30, 2016

  • Massive unclassified paper shred and uniform drop-off bins help prevent OPSEC violations

    Commentary

    Keeping Up with the Policymakers: The Unclassified Tearline

    Unclassified tearlines could convey the bottom line and potential implications of a classified story in unclassified terms, while obscuring sensitive sources and methods. There are good reasons to build them into the business process and culture of intelligence agencies.

    Jul 28, 2016

  • Report

    Characterizing National Exposures to Infrastructure from Natural Disasters: Data and Methods Documentation

    This report serves as the technical documentation and reference document for the data, methods, and analytic approach used in the analysis of national exposures to infrastructure from natural disasters.

    Jul 12, 2016

  • An aerial photo of a flood-affected area of northern Colorado along the Big Thompson River which has been declared a federal disaster area in September 2013

    Report

    Climate Change May Increase Future Exposure of U.S. Infrastructure to Natural Hazards

    Exposure to natural hazards such as flooding, drought, and wildfires is projected to be larger and more uncertain in the future because of the effects of sea level rise and changes in temperature and precipitation patterns.

    Jul 12, 2016

  • A police officer holds a pen and conducts a field sobriety test on a motorist

    Commentary

    Should Some Californians Lose Their 'License to Drink'?

    In California, many efforts to reduce repeat drunken driving focus on the driving. What if the state targeted the “drunk” aspect instead?

    Jul 6, 2016

  • Journal Article

    CicLavia: Evaluation of Participation, Physical Activity and Cost of an Open Streets Event in Los Angeles

    Increasing the frequency of events in which major streets are open only to pedestrians and bicyclists would increase physical activity in urban areas.

    Jun 30, 2016

  • Journal Article

    National Models

    National transport models have taken on the new modeling methods and there have been theoretical and empirical advances in performance measurement. Coverage will include current demand methods, data issues, valuation, cost and performance, and updated traffic models.

    Jun 28, 2016

  • Periodical

    RAND Review: July-August 2016

    This issue highlights the stress of military deployments and resilience of military families; RAND research on cybercrime, network defense, and data breaches; the 40th anniversary of RAND's landmark Health Insurance Experiment; and more.

    Jun 27, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Impact of Medical Home Implementation Through Evidence-Based Quality Improvement on Utilization and Costs

    Use of the evidence-based quality improvement approach to enhance medical home implementation in Veterans Affairs practices reduced ambulatory care and increased telephone-based care, but did not affect total costs relative to comparison practices.

    Jun 27, 2016

  • Double decker bus going by Big Ben and Parliament in London, UK

    Commentary

    Looking Out the Window to Transport in 2035

    The UK's roads, railways, and airports are some of the most congested in the world. An exploration of future transport scenarios and the key technologies that will drive them helps to guide today's policy and investment decisions.

    Jun 27, 2016

  • Autonomous self-driving driverless vehicle with radar on the road

    Project

    Examining Future Transport Scenarios to Drive Innovation in the UK

    The UK’s roads, railways and airports are some of the most congested in the world. RAND Europe, in collaboration with Risk Solutions, explored how emerging technologies might make the transport system more efficient and effective by the year 2035.

    Jun 24, 2016

  • Red bus passing over Westminster bridge with Big Ben in the background, London, UK

    Report

    Travel in Britain in 2035

    Without substantial investment, the UK will experience severe congestion across its transport infrastructure by 2035. How might emerging technologies be able to address the problem?

    Jun 24, 2016

  • A soldier using a tablet outside

    Journal Article

    Centrally Assisted Telecare for Military Members with PTSD and Depression

    Military members who visited a primary care clinic while suffering from PTSD and depression reported fewer symptoms and better mental health functioning a year after enrolling in a treatment program that included specially trained care managers and telephone therapy options.

    Jun 24, 2016

  • Research Brief

    Travel in Britain in 2035: Future scenarios and their implications for technology

    By 2035 UK transport infrastructure may be severely congested. Innovate UK commissioned this study to explore how technology might address the congestion problem by using capacity more efficiently, supporting modal choice and managing travel demand.

    Jun 24, 2016