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  • United States Air Force


    Is the U.S. Air Force Flying Force Large Enough?

    Sep 20, 2018

    By using historical evidence to estimate demands on the U.S. Air Force flying force in four possible futures, new RAND research sheds light on potential future force requirements. RAND researchers found that the current force experiences capacity shortfalls in all four scenarios and that no class of aircraft performs well across all scenarios.

  • Terrorism Financing


    Current Trends in Terrorist Financing

    Sep 7, 2018

    How do terrorists generate income? And how might ISIS, the wealthiest group in history, seek to use its funds to make a comeback? Terrorist financing has evolved, making it difficult to counter. But these efforts must continue to keep ISIS isolated from external patrons and state sponsors.

  • Opioids


    Evolution of the U.S. Overdose Crisis

    Sep 6, 2018

    An overview of testimony by Bryce Pardo presented before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on September 6, 2018.

  • Military Force Planning


    Improving Force Development Within the Department of Defense

    Aug 31, 2018

    In wargames depicting future hypothetical conflicts against the nation’s most capable adversaries, programmed U.S. forces repeatedly have failed to achieve their primary operational objectives and have suffered heavy losses in doing so. What can the Defense Department and Congress do to ensure the military is capable of succeeding in potential future conflicts?

  • United States


    A Summer Reading List for Congress

    Aug 23, 2018

    RAND provides essential reading for hill staffers during the 2018 summer recess. Some of the big issues Congress will be wrestling with include gun policy, infrastructure, and health care.

  • Health Care Costs


    What are the effects of eliminating the individual mandate penalty?

    Aug 16, 2018

    Starting in 2019, the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate penalty will be eliminated. According to a new study, 3 million to 13 million fewer people would have health insurance by 2020 and most premiums for individual market plans would increase by 3 to 13 percent, depending on which assumptions are in play.