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.
While the event in Russia was caused by a medium-sized (10,000-ton) meteor, larger objects, like the asteroid 2012 DA14 that also passed near Earth last week, have the potential to be significantly more damaging, write Dave Baiocchi and William Welser.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) was formed to accelerate standardization and promote greater harmonization among European telecommunications systems.
Considers (1) the extent to which future U.S. flag merchant ships and existing government and sealift programs can support potential future force deployments and (2) the kinds of ships that should be built if additional sealift capabilities are required.
Draws on strategic analysis, cognitive psychology, gaming, and artificial intelligence modeling to describe a theory and concrete methodology for thinking about the likely and possible reasoning of opponents before or during crisis and conflict.
Describes developments in telecommunications that may have a special bearing on choices about geographical location for business activities, and it offers some thoughts about possible broader effects on society.
The sweeping political changes that occurred in Europe in 1989 will have a profound effect on the scientific and technology systems of the Eastern European countries. This paper discusses the problems facing these systems, the changes that are necess...
The authors argue that the most important policymaking over the next several decades will occur at the intersections of the information technologies and social change.
Considers how the information and communications technology revolution may affect politics and government in the future.
Canada and the United States are paying more attention to underwater detection capabilities. In an era of extreme budget pressures, the two countries should examine options for working together to monitor subsurface activities.
Proposes a technology transfer framework as an appropriate model for understanding the computerization of information-intensive work.
Reviews the Soviet public reaction to the proposed development of the U.S. national aerospaceplane (NASP), a manned hypersonic vehicle that the United States intends to build primarily to develop technologies for use on planes of the future, ...
Describes the author's experience as the first American to fly the Soviet MiG-29 fighter and the first Westerner to fly any type of combat aircraft in Soviet airspace since World War II.
This paper presents an overview of governmental technology policy in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG).
Examines U.S. national space policy and military space policy, focusing on the space control debate. It considers the status of space control-related capabilities, such as the antisatellite (ASAT) and national aerospace plane (NASP) programs.
A distributed information system implemented by the U.S. Forest Service in 1983 has improved the agency's ability to perform its missions.
There has been a longstanding debate about the perverse incentives associated with the "cost plus" nature of rate-of-return (ROR) regulation. The notion of imposing price caps as a substitute for ROR regulation has attracted attention because it (1) ...
This Note, reprinted from Artificial Intelligence, Simulation, and Modeling, Widman, Loparo, Nielson (eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1989, attempts to define modeling precisely.
This paper presents the text of the author's testimony before the Science Policy Task Force, Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, on April 24, 1986. The author examines factors likely to affect future biomedical researc...
This report is a study of the collective administration of copyrights.
This report discusses the economics of Soviet agriculture from the mid-1960s to the present. In particular, it examines (1) the reasons Brezhnev's agricultural policy, designed to correct the deficiencies inherited from his predecessor, proved to be ...
This Note describes in mathematical terms the dynamic geometry between a constellation of satellites deployed for ballistic missile defense (BMD) and the missiles the satellites are engaging.