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RAND experts have often been among the pioneers of key scientific research, including computer analysis, satellite development, military technology, and the foundations of the Internet. RAND's research has also resulted in the development of new methodologies and ways of analyzing policy issues, from the Delphi method to Robust Decision Making.

  • A pro-Russian rebel sends messages over his smartphone in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk, May 16, 2014, photo by Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

    Report

    How Commercial Tech Can Affect Military Intelligence Operations

    Jun 6, 2016

    Commercial technologies such as smartphones are primarily about identifying and tracking people and patterns of behavior. Their presence is greatest in urban environments. This happens to be where most military intelligence operations are conducted and where most future insurgencies and wars are likely to take place.

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    Essay

    The Digital Underworld: What You Need to Know

    Jun 24, 2016

    A growing threat is emanating from a digital underworld where hackers sell their services like mercenaries and credit-card numbers can be had for pennies on the dollar.

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    Commentary

    What Can We Learn from High-Performing Research Units?

    Central characteristics of high-performing research units are the high quality of the people and the culture and values displayed within the department, which is often a result of leadership. It is also interesting to explore their differences, such as what makes a unit particularly good at having impact versus producing high-quality publications.

    Jun 28, 2016

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    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

  • The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis approaches the fast combat support ship USNS Rainier during a replenishment at sea in the South China Sea, March 4, 2016

    Commentary

    South China Sea Spat a Symptom of U.S.-China Jockeying for Advantage

    A spate of high-profile diplomatic feuds and military actions related to the South China Sea has raised concern about the direction of U.S.-China relations. Neither country is well-positioned politically or economically to engage in a long-term, antagonistic relationship, let alone a major conflict.

    Jun 27, 2016

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    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

  • A test plane in a wind tunnel at NASA's Ames Research Center

    Report

    Expanding Flight Research: Capabilities, Needs, and Management Options for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

    NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate asked RAND to assess flight research capabilities and needs, and to identify management options that would facilitate increased and improved flight research.

    Jun 27, 2016

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    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

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    Project

    Examining Future Transport Scenarios to Drive Innovation in the UK

    Photo by martialred/Fotolia The UK’s roads, railways and airports are some of the most congested in the world. In the past, countries have addressed such problems with additional infrastructure investment. But this strategy has its limits: land is finite, government resources are constrained, and study after ...

    Jun 24, 2016

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    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

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    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

  • Research Brief

    A global map of mental health research funding

    This brief summarizes a study mapping the global funding of mental health research from 2009 to 2014. It built a bottom up a picture of who the major funders are, what kinds of research they support and how their strategies relate to one another.

    Jun 22, 2016

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    Commentary

    Integrating STEM Learning in Early Childhood Education

    Children can understand concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), they enjoy exploring them, and early development of STEM skills seems to support learning later in life. But an effective teaching system is needed before STEM learning can be fully integrated into early childhood education.

    Jun 19, 2016

  • First-time voter Brianna Macias votes at Assumption Church during the U.S. presidential primary election, June 7, 2016

    Report

    Americans Are More Ideologically Similar Than Different

    Despite the increasingly polarized tone of U.S. politics, most Americans answer similarly on most questions of political belief.

    Jun 19, 2016

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    Project

    Exploring the Social and Economic Impacts of a Common EU Approach to Liability Rules for Connected and Autonomous ...

    This research will provide an evidence-based quantitative assessment of the possible added social and economic value that would arise from the development of EU rules on liability and insurance related to deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles.

    Jun 14, 2016

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    Commentary

    Cyberterrorism and the Role of Silicon Valley

    As national security and war are being redefined for the digital age, Silicon Valley will need to be on the front line of counterterrorism. Its inventors and entrepreneurs are driving the information revolution, and they must figure out how to protect vital systems against malevolent intrusions.

    Jun 13, 2016

  • News Release

    Centrally Assisted Telecare for Military Members with PTSD/Depression Shows Improved Results

    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 13, 2016

  • News Release

    Marjory S. Blumenthal Appointed Director of the RAND Science, Technology, and Policy Program

    Prior to her new appointment at RAND, science policy leader Marjory S. Blumenthal served as executive director of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, where she coordinated policy recommendations in such areas as technology and cities, big data and privacy, private-sector adaptation to climate change, STEM education, and advanced manufacturing.

    Jun 6, 2016

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    Commentary

    How to Handle the Infectious Diseases Threat

    The reactive approach to emerging infectious disease should be augmented with an anticipatory model that accounts for the dramatic changes occurring through globalization, greater interactions between human and zoonotic populations, and changes to the environment and climate patterns.

    Jun 3, 2016