A recent poll found that more than a quarter of Americans will not try to get vaccinated. The spread of misinformation and disinformation, which is rampant over social media, is one of the factors fueling vaccine hesitancy. And in turn, it's threatening our ability to end the pandemic for good.
With no effort by any malign actor to undermine them, supply chains across the world were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supply chain vulnerability impacts whole sectors of the U.S. economy and is a national security issue.
Today's evolving cyber threats require a tailored and targeted approach to cybersecurity. Current defenses focus on managing threats after a network has been breached. RAND's Scalable Warning and Resilience Model (SWARM) can help defenders proactively protect their systems through early warning of cyber incidents before they occur.
The Weinberg Center is the first shelter designed for older adults experiencing abuse or mistreatment. In addition to counseling and medical care, clients can get help with their finances, are encouraged to socialize, and are introduced to outside social services. The Center has the potential to generate benefits and savings that far exceed its operating costs.
States' reopening plans vary widely. With a revised RAND decision support tool, researchers tested alternative plans, using California as an example. The best strategies did not prematurely relax measures like indoor mask-wearing; began with a high level of caution; were tied to vaccination rates; and made changes gradually.
Prioritizing defense spending over infrastructure investment might undermine economic growth. Given that the size and health of the U.S. economy are ultimately the basis for the nation's military power, policymakers should consider that the economic effects of defense spending have consequences for long-term security.
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