• Airmen perform warehouse location checks at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 25, 2013

    Dispersing War Reserve Materiel

    Prepositioning of war reserve materiel is essential to rapid deployment of U.S. forces, but the existing centralized storage posture is not well suited to unpredictable deployments. Would dispersed storage be a better option?

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    Improving Low Birth Weight Policy in Georgia

    Experts conducted a critical review of the latest scientific evidence on low birth weight and provided recommendations to help Georgia improve its outcomes in this area.

  • Sailors aboard the USS San Jacinto pray for suicide victims during a suicide prevention and awareness event called Walk Out of Darkness

    Addressing the Invisible Wounds of War

    Before 2007, little was known about how the availability of behavioral health services compared with the need among returning troops—or about the consequences to the nation if these needs were not met.

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    Guiding Education Reform in Qatar

    Qatar's leadership asked RAND to examine the country's K-12 school system and provide options for improvement. Researchers collected and analyzed information by observing schools, government ministries, and other workplaces; conducting interviews; and analyzing relevant documents.

  • A man stressed in his office covering his eyes

    Improving Workers' Compensation Policies for Workers, Businesses, Government

    Many state workers' compensation systems face significant challenges as medical and administrative costs have risen. California sought RAND advice in improving its system to save both public and private funds, while also improving the quality of care for injured workers.

  • Increasing Air Security with "Trusted Travelers"

    Long lines at airport security checkpoints are a sign of the post-9/11 world. Can aviation security be more efficient? Better yet, could a “trusted traveler” program not only reduce traveler burden but also increase security?

  • The last C-130E Hercules at Hurlburt Field, Fla., prepares for its final take off March 4, 2013, prior to retirement

    Replacing the C-130E

    The C-130 fleet performs critical air mobility functions for the nation, but part of that fleet is at risk from age-related factors. Which alternative aircraft would provide the required performance at lowest cost?

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    Developing Strategies for Summer Learning

    RAND education experts conducted extensive literature reviews, examined summer program cost data, interviewed numerous providers of summer programs, and visited a diverse range of U.S. cities to interview summer learning leaders and observe summer learning directly.

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    Evaluating the Effectiveness of Teacher Pay-for-Performance

    RAND's substantial body of work on teacher pay-for-performance provides policymakers with a strong evidence base on the design, implementation, and potential results of pay-for-performance programs.

  • A ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on October 3, 2013

    Managing Escalation in Crisis and War

    The risks of military escalation are more diverse today than during the Cold War. What steps can policymakers take to help prevent escalation in military confrontations and wars?

  • Paratroopers exit a C-130 aircraft at Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, as part of an airborne training exercise

    Measuring Troop Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

    How "big" were the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? To prepare for future conflicts, the U.S. Army needed to know exactly how far it extended itself in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

  • An elderly Mexican woman

    Reducing Poverty Among Mexico's Elderly

    Mexico is undergoing unprecedented demographic changes and advancements that have raised life expectancy, but a larger percentage of Mexico's elderly is poor and rural, and many lack the social safety nets available to urban seniors. An experiment to reform to Mexico's social security system is helping to alleviate political and social instability.