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  • Improving the Understanding of Special Operations: A Case History Analysis

    Feb 8, 2018

    How can planning by the Army Special Operations Forces, the Army, and the joint operations community be informed by an analysis of past decisions? This report examines major U.S. decisions related to the development or employment of special operations forces to inform future policymakers.

  • Army Installation Rail Operations: Implications of Increased Outsourcing

    Jan 8, 2018

    The Army relies on commercial rail carriers for off-post rail movements, but it currently has three business models for on-post rail operations: government owned, government operated; government owned, contractor operated; and privatized. Might a greater reliance on commercial rail assets meet Army rail needs at a lower cost?

  • Saving the Government Money: Examples from RAND's FFRDCs

    Dec 20, 2017

    RAND's 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 several years that have helped save the government money or that have identified ways to do so.

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  • Arroyo Researchers Visit Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

    Dec 19, 2017

    A small team of researchers from RAND Arroyo Center went to Puerto Rico two weeks after the island was struck by Hurricane Maria. They are compiling their observations into a series of studies for the Army, with recommendations to smooth its response to future disasters.

  • Reimagining and Modernizing U.S. Airborne Forces for the 21st Century

    Apr 20, 2016

    Many of the challenges the U.S. will face in the coming years across the range of military operations could be deep inland and require rapid response. Airborne forcible entry — with reimagined and modernized airborne forces — would offer decisionmakers options in crises that they do not possess today.

  • A New Kind of Battlefield Awaits the U.S. Military — Megacities

    Apr 6, 2016

    Megacities are urban areas that seep into one another and have more than 10 million inhabitants. To counter violent non-state actors operating in megacities in the future, the U.S. military will have to be able to piece together a comprehensive and actionable intelligence picture, and under enormously challenging circumstances.

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