Space Warfare

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    Enhancing Space Resilience Through Non-Materiel Means

    Because changes to space systems are costly, the Air Force asked RAND to identify non-materiel means -- doctrine, organization, training, leadership and education, personnel, facilities, and policy -- to enhance resilience.

    Apr 28, 2016

  • Tanks in Beijing during a training exercise for a military parade

    Report

    China's Evolving Approach to Strategic Deterrence May Prove Challenging to the U.S. and Its Allies

    China is rapidly closing what was once a substantial gap between the PLA's strategic weapons capabilities and its strategic deterrence concepts. The United States will likely need to assure its allies that it will continue to maintain the capability and the resolve to support them in a crisis.

    Apr 7, 2016

  • U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Chinese army Gen. Fang Fenghui, China's chief of the general staff, salute during a ceremony in Beijing, April 22, 2013

    Research Brief

    Tallying the U.S.-China Military Scorecard

    A set of “scorecards” assesses the relative capabilities of U.S. and Chinese military forces in diverse types of conflict, at varying distances from the Chinese mainland, and at different points in time.

    Sep 14, 2015

  • Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy recruits march during a parade in Qingdao, Shandong province, December 5, 2013

    Report

    China's Military Modernization Increasingly Challenges U.S. Defense Capabilities in Asia

    Although China continues to lag behind the United States in terms of aggregate military hardware and operational skills, it has improved its capabilities relative to those of the U.S. in many critical areas. Moreover, China does not need to catch up fully in order to challenge U.S. ability to conduct effective military operations near the Chinese mainland.

    Sep 14, 2015

  • News Release

    China's Military Modernization Increasingly Challenges U.S. Defense Capabilities in Asia

    Although China continues to lag behind the United States in terms of aggregate military hardware and operational skills, it has improved its capabilities relative to those of the U.S. in many critical areas. Moreover, China does not need to catch up fully in order to challenge U.S. ability to conduct effective military operations near the Chinese mainland.

    Sep 14, 2015

  • Periodical

    A Year After the Earthquake in Haiti, the Key to Stability Is to Build the State

    It has been a year since the devastating earthquake. The question now is how to use international aid and assistance wisely. This RAND Review cover story describes actions that could yield positive outcomes in Haiti in three to five years.

    Jan 6, 2011

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    Air Power

    Surveys the subject of air power as an area of research in international security studies and provides a bibliography of significant works and useful online resources.

    Aug 4, 2010

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    Deterrence and First-Strike Stability in Space: A Preliminary Assessment

    The United States needs a coherent space deterrence strategy that operates on both sides of a potential adversary's cost-benefit decision calculus to better protect U.S. national security space infrastructure and strengthen first-strike stability.

    Apr 2, 2010

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    Space Weapons Earth Wars

    This overview aims to inform the public discussion of space-based weapons by examining their characteristics, potential attributes, limitations, legality, and utility.

    Jan 1, 2002

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    Crew roles in military space operations

    Discusses possible roles for military crews in space including research, maintenance of spacecraft, and direct participation in the operation of space systems. New vehicles, platforms, and tools proposed for manned operations in space (both military...

    Jan 1, 1982

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    Brien Alkire

    Senior Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in electrical engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

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    James Black

    Analyst
    Education M.Sc./M.A. in international relations and international security, London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris; B.A. (Hons) in history, University of Cambridge

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    Nicholas Martin

    Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.E. in space operations, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; M.S. in engineering systems, Naval Postgraduate School; B.S. in astronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy

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    Richard Mason

    Senior Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, California Institute of Technology; A.B. in physics, Harvard University

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    Forrest E. Morgan

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in policy studies, University of Maryland; M.A.A.S. in airpower arts and sciences, Air University; M.A. in computer systems management, Webster University; B.S. in business management, University of Maryland

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    Karl P. Mueller

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in politics, Princeton University; B.A. in political science, University of Chicago

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    George Nacouzi

    Senior Engineer
    Education B.S. in aero/astro engineering, CSU Poly (Pomona); M.S. in aerospace engineering, UCLA; Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, UCI

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    Chad J. R. Ohlandt

    Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and scientific computing, University of Michigan; M.S. in aerospace engineering, Pennsylvania State University; S.B. in astronautical engineering, M.I.T.

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    Geoffrey Torrington

    Senior Engineer; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in optical sciences, University of Arizona; B.A. in physics, Johns Hopkins University

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    William Welser IV

    Director, Engineering and Applied Sciences Department; Senior Management Systems Analyst; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in finance, Boston College; M.B.A., Boston College; B.S. in chemical engineering, University of Virginia