United States Department of Defense

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    Toward Improved Management of Officer Retention: A New Capability for Assessing Policy Options

    This report documents efforts to implement a capability for the U.S. Department of Defense to assess alternative policies to enhance officer retention provides source code and foundations of a spreadsheet version of the model.

    Jul 28, 2014

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    DoD Depot-Level Reparable Supply Chain Management: Process Effectiveness and Opportunities for Improvement

    Examines Department of Defense depot-level reparable supply chain management to identify the most common reasons for apparent inventory excess and customer support shortfalls and associated process improvement opportunities.

    Jun 9, 2014

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    How Much Will Be Enough? Assessing Changing Defense Strategies' Implications for Army Resource Requirements

    Presents a method of estimating Army resource needs and allocation as a function of alternative national defense strategies, using three strategies as an illustration.

    May 28, 2014

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    Prolonged Cycle Times and Schedule Growth in Defense Acquisition: A Literature Review

    This report summarizes a selection of the defense acquisition literature from the 1960s to the present on potential sources of prolonged acquisition cycle times and schedule growth, as well as potential opportunities for improvement.

    Apr 30, 2014

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    Pentagon's Reliance on Europe Is 'Wishful Thinking'

    There needs to be more frank and precise thinking about the kind of support allies are able and willing to provide. Counting on Europeans even just to pull as much weight as they have in the past is an increasingly doubtful proposition.

    Apr 9, 2014

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    Why the Pentagon Can't Bypass BRAC

    By trying to cut Congress out of the loop and bypass the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC), the Pentagon is more likely to antagonize Capitol Hill and undermine its efforts to make sensible cuts in defense spending.

    Apr 1, 2014

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    Improving Interagency Information Sharing Using Technology Demonstrations

    New and innovative intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies developed by the U.S. Department of Defense for the military could also be used by the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration to help secure the southern U.S. border.

    Mar 18, 2014

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    Gates Unhinged

    In former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' new memoir, criticisms of the bureaucracy raise questions about the manageability of the American military establishment—indeed, of the American government. An individual human being can effectively manage only so many relationships at once.

    Mar 14, 2014

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    Should the U.S. Move the Marines to Guam?

    The option to permanently base Marines on Guam should hinge on the benefits of the location and the costs. Guam scores poorly on both counts and better options exist. However, previous guidance provided to the Marine Corps constrains consideration of such options.

    Feb 28, 2014

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    Improving Federal and Department of Defense Use of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

    The report investigates the barriers that service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses may face when attempting to contract with the federal government and the Department of Defense.

    Feb 4, 2014

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    Pardee RAND Researchers Develop Framework for Change Through Accountability

    To prioritize the goals, actions, and initiatives in the Department of Defense Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, 2012–2017, Pardee RAND student Abigail Haddad (cohort '09), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Nelson Lim developed a "Framework for Change Through Accountability."

    Jan 31, 2014

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    Authority to Issue Interoperability Policy

    Achieving interoperability among systems is instrumental to enabling critical functions, so it is important to understand what parties have authority to issue policy that governs the facets of interoperability.

    Jan 29, 2014

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    Toward Integrated DoD Biosurveillance: Assessment and Opportunities

    More near-real-time analysis and better internal and external integration could enhance the performance and value of the Department of Defense's biosurveillance programs. This study, conducted at the request of the Office of Management and Budget, finds that improvements are needed in key enablers, including funding.

    Dec 4, 2013

  • U.S. Marines help displaced Philippine nationals from the back of a KC-130J Super Hercules at Vilamor Air Base, Manila, Republic of the Philippines

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    How Philippines Typhoon Aid Helps USA

    In the wake of Haiyan there is no substitute for the capabilities of the U.S. military. At the level of national interest, however, does the case for tasking the U.S. military to international natural disasters hold up — particularly in a time when the Pentagon has seen its budget slashed?

    Nov 12, 2013

  • A U.S. Marine and a Philippine airman assist an injured Filipino woman off a KC-130J Super Hercules at Vilamore Air Base, Manila, Republic of the Philippines

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    Responding in Typhoon Haiyan's Wake

    Prior responses to other recent disasters offer important lessons. Improved preparedness and efficient coordination mechanisms can help ensure that, when time is of the essence, the United States provides the most effective response.

    Nov 12, 2013

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    DoD Takes First Steps Toward Improving Workforce Diversity

    In response to a government directive to increase diversity across all federal agencies, the Department of Defense held a diversity summit for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Coordinating efforts across the organization can help the department reach its STEM-diversity workforce goals.

    Nov 11, 2013

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    Analyzing Defense Laboratory Patenting and Innovation

    A new approach to measuring research and innovation performance uses patents by examining the trends in patent filings over time within organizations and within technology classes.

    Oct 17, 2013

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    Assessing the Department of Defense's Approach to Preventing and Deterring Leaks

    The Department of Defense faces strategic obstacles in stemming disclosures. Media leaks have many causes but few feasible and effective solutions. There is a longstanding organizational culture in DoD that treats leaking classified information to the media as nearly risk-free, which suggests to some that the behavior is acceptable.

    Sep 24, 2013

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    New Approaches to Defense Inflation and Discounting

    Because even similar systems experience inflation differently, estimating strategies should be reviewed annually to reflect changing costs, and analysis of investments should be expanded to ensure consideration of least-cost outcomes. This study investigates inflation rates for parts for the Abrams and Bradley ground vehicles.

    Aug 23, 2013

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    Saving the Government Money: Examples from RAND's Federally Funded Research and Development Centers

    RAND's three federally funded research and development centers apply research capital they have developed over the years to help decisionmakers solve problems and often save money as well. This publication lists and briefly summarizes some RAND projects undertaken over the past ten years that have helped save the government money or that have identified ways to do so. Amounts saved are estimated.

    Aug 13, 2013