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Quality of prescribing for older vets -- measured by high-risk medications and drug--disease interactions -- varies across VA facilities. Prescribing is better at facilities that care for a larger number of older veterans and have formal geriatric education.
Useful recommendations for US engagement in and support for COIN operations.
When it comes to cyber security, the world today is not the future that U.S. policy promised when cyber security first appeared on the national agenda well over a decade ago.
Efforts to maintain and/or increase OEF/OIF veteran participation in VA MH/SUD services should be informed by their characteristics, such as younger age and better physical health relative to other veterans.
Unmanned aerial systems have enormous potential, but the MoD lacks an overarching UAS vision.
This study examines the association between interpersonal attachment styles and sleep in a high-risk cohort of military veterans with PTSD symptoms.
Collaborative care models for depression designed and implemented by VA primary care practices using evidence based quality improvement increased patients' use of antidepressants.
This article defines and explores the concept of cyber security culture within the context of the U.S. Army.
This article examines ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) operations in Afghanistan as a way to get at the strategic disconnects in ends, ways, and means.
About one-third of veterans report using alcohol, street drugs, or medication prescribed for others to manage pain.
This study conducted in the VA mental health system identified consensus areas, validated instruments, and assessment strategies that can be used for monitoring outcomes and improving quality of care for schizophrenia in routine practice.
Longitudinal studies examining care for seriously ill patients are needed to understand patients' experience of illness, evaluate interventions, and improve quality of care. Unfortunately, such studies face substantial methodological challenges. This article describes such challenges and the strategies used to overcome them in a successfully implemented palliative care intervention trial for veterans.
Good COIN practices tend to "run in packs" and the balance of selected good and bad practices predicts insurgency outcomes. Data confirm the importance of popular support, but show that the ability to interdict tangible support (such as new personnel, materiel, and financing) is the single best predictor of COIN force success.
This paper presents the methodology used to develop a comprehensive set of performance indicators in a national evaluation of the mental healthcare delivered by the Veterans Health Administration.
Discusses the demonstrated efficacy of the COIN principles embodied in FM 3-24, historical evicence and data collected from 30 case studies for recent resolved insurgencies. The vast majority of governments and COIN forces that adhered to multiple tenets of the field manual prevailed over the insurgencies they opposed.
This article reviews the research literature on group-level phenomena that are most relevant to the work of intelligence analysts.
This study simulated the social costs and savings of providing universal access to care for depression and PTSD to troops returning from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
A table-top game is described where students play the role of a terrorist group seeking to attack an urban subway and then act as security planners charged with protecting it.
The 15 % of veterans with mental health illness accounted for about one-third of total VA costs, mostly for non-mental health conditions. VA quality of care was generally better than care in private plans, but quality varied across VA regions.
Caregivers affiliated with the National Guard and those with more months of deployment report significantly poorer emotional well-being, and more household and relationship hassles.