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  • Soldiers assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as 'The Old Guard,' participate in the U.S. Army Birthday Run at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, June 14, 2021, photo by Spc. Laura Stephens/U.S. Army

    Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the U.S. Army

    Aug 2, 2021

    Groups of soldiers, and particularly women, in different commands, bases, and career fields experience substantially different rates of sexual harassment and sexual assault. A better understanding of the characteristics and context of these incidents can inform and improve prevention efforts.

  • A Russian Mi-8 military helicopter is seen through a window while flying during a rehearsal for the Navy Day parade in Saint Petersburg, Russia, July 21, 2019, photo by Anton Vaganov/Reuters

    How Would NATO Compete with Russia?

    Jun 22, 2021

    Western threat perceptions of Russia have risen sharply in recent years, bolstered by its acts of military aggression, political interference, and efforts to expand its global influence. What would be the strengths, weaknesses, and risks for the United States, NATO, and Russia in a large-scale war?

  • Junior enlisted troops after the III Corps and Fort Hood command team discussed Operation People First and listened to their concerns, December 10, 2020, photo by Blair Dupre/Fort Hood Public Affairs

    Risk of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Army Varies

    Jun 18, 2021

    Sexual assault risk is higher for Army women at Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, and several other bases than it is for the average woman in the Army. And bases with high sexual assault risk also have high sexual harassment risk. What organizational characteristics are associated with increased risk?

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  • Following the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, members of Iraq's parliament voted to expel American soldiers from Iraq, January 5, 2020, photo by Iraqi Parliament Media Office/Handout via Reuters

    Iraq's Vote to Expel U.S. Troops Is Iran's True Victory

    If American soldiers are ejected from Iraq, the consequences may be far-reaching and damaging to U.S. strategic interests. What options remain to reset the relationship between Washington and Baghdad?

  • Senior political scientist Jennifer Kavanagh discusses Truth Decay at RAND's headquarters in Santa Monica, California, May 24, 2018, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Searching for Truth: Q&A with Jennifer Kavanagh

    Jennifer Kavanagh, director of RAND Arroyo Center's Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources program and senior political scientist, helps lead RAND's work on Truth Decay, the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life. In this interview, she discusses her latest research on how news presentation has changed over time and across platforms.

  • Pfc. Lena Wright, a supply clerk, catalogs and monitors class VIII supplies during a mass casualty exercise, October 17, 2012

    An Inside Look at Life in the Army's Junior Ranks

    History records the names of generals, not of the privates filling out supply forms, cleaning out trucks, or huffing through another training exercise. But those privates keep the U.S. Army running. RAND research provides their unfiltered take on life in the ranks.

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