The authors analyze various approaches to speed acquisition of military capabilities and keep pace with evolving threats, assess these approaches' suitability for different conditions and acquisition types, and identify implementation issues.
Aug 27, 2020
In support of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) efforts to improve mission effectiveness and efficiency, this report identifies DoD government functions for procurement and acquisition, estimating their costs at between $29 billion and $38 billion.
Nov 20, 2019
Assessing Department of Defense Use of Data Analytics and Enabling Data Management to Improve Acquisition Outcomes
Congress asked about acquisition data analytics in the Department of Defense. This report identifies and measures capabilities and recent progress. Barriers to improvement include a culture against data sharing due to security and burden concerns.
Aug 13, 2019
This research brief addresses congressional concerns about the use of data analysis, measurement, and other evaluation-related methods in U.S. Department of Defense acquisition programs and decisionmaking.
Aug 13, 2019
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
Develops a unified decisionmaking approach for selecting aeronautics research agendas that quantifies the social and economic reasons for the research, balances competing perspectives, and enables transparent explanation of the resulting decisions.
Feb 17, 2011
The ability to develop aeronautical vehicles continues to rely on the capabilities of large government test facilities, and 26 NASA facilities continue to serve those needs, but national reliance and consolidation remains the next opportunity.
Evaluation and Recommendations for Improvement of the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
Examines the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and recommends ways in which it can be more responsive to the needs of the department and to the broader defense mission.
Oct 31, 2006
The Global Technology Revolution 2020, Executive Summary: Bio/Nano/Materials/Information Trends, Drivers, Barriers, and Social Implications
Presents foresights into global technology trends and their implications for the world in the year 2020.
May 30, 2006
The Global Technology Revolution 2020, In-Depth Analyses: Bio/Nano/Materials/Information Trends, Drivers, Barriers, and Social Implications
Presents in-depth analyses on foresights into global technology trends and their implications for the world in the year 2020.
May 25, 2006
This research brief examines how technology changes -- in economic development, health, environmental quality, and military power -- will play out differently across the globe.
Apr 3, 2006
Roles and Issues of NASA’s Wind Tunnel and Propulsion Test Facilities for American Aeronautics: Addendum
Addendum to testimony presented to the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics on March 16, 2005.
May 18, 2005
Testimony presented to the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics on March 16, 2005.
Mar 15, 2005
Focuses on biomedical applications of nanotechnology in: nanodrugs and drug delivery; prostheses and implants; diagnostics and screening technologies.
Wind Tunnel and Propulsion Test Facilities: Supporting Analyses to an Assessment of NASA’s Capabilities to Serve National Needs
Provides detailed analyses of the nation’s aeronautic testing needs and the effectiveness of, and management issues for, NASA’s major wind tunnel and test propulsion facilities in serving those needs.
Nov 16, 2004
Wind Tunnel and Propulsion Test Facilities: An Assessment of NASA’s Capabilities to Serve National Needs
Analyzes the nation’s aeronautic testing needs and the effectiveness of, and management issues for, NASA’s major wind tunnel and test propulsion facilities in serving those needs.
Nov 16, 2004
Finding and Fixing Vulnerabilities in Information Systems: The Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation Methodology
Introduces the Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation methodology, which guides its users through a comprehensive review of vulnerabilities across all aspects of information systems and identifies relevant mitigation techniques.
This research shows that NASA needs to develop an aeronautics test technology vision and plan, analyze the viability of a national test facility plan, identify and maintain its minimum set of facilities, and identify shared financial support to keep its underutilized but essential facilities from entering financial collapse.
Argues that new threats to national security represent fundamental changes in the ecology of conflict and that America's approach must evolve to meet the challenges; education, obesity, and wind tunnels in aeronautical research are also discussed.
The Global Technology Revolution: Bio/Nano/Materials Trends and Their Synergies with Information Technology by 2015
This book discusses trends in the current global technology revolution, including genomics, cloning, biomedical engineering, smart materials, agile manufacturing, nanofabricated computation devices, and integrated microsystems.
The Global Course of the Information Revolution: Technological Trends: Proceedings of an International Conference
Reports on a conference in May 2000 that concentrated on technical trends in the information revolution, focusing in particular on the resulting new artifacts and services that might become widespread during the next 20 years.