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Ensuring that a modern military has the appropriate personnel and capabilities is the key goal of military force planning. RAND research on such topics as military wages, support for military families, troop diversity, and reenlistment rates ensures that U.S. and allied militaries are well aware of issues related to career field management and personnel retention and recruitment.

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    Building the Army We Will Need

    Sep 23, 2015

    Failure to correctly estimate the number of soldiers needed or to provide adequate resources to the U.S. Army can lead to a failure of U.S. strategy and subsequent regret. Policymakers should plan and resource a larger ground force to meet the commitments that the United States has made.

  • U.S. Army paratroopers prepare to board an Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft on Aviano Air Base, Italy, January 8, 2016, photo by Massimo Bovo/U.S. Army

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    U.S. Army Must Prepare for Future Adversaries

    Jan 20, 2016

    More than a decade in Afghanistan and Iraq has honed the U.S. Army's ability to fight irregular adversaries, but these may not be the adversaries it will face in the future. The security landscape is changing in the face of a rising China, a resurgent Russia, and a Middle East in turmoil. How can the Army prepare?

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