SOTU Policy Preview
Preparing for the State of the Union (SOTU) address? Below is a preview of topics the President may cover along with helpful links to related RAND analyses, reports, and commentary.
Last week, the Washington Post reported that the President's SOTU will reflect themes laid out in a speech last month in Osawatomie, Kansas.
A few themes that emerged from the Kansas speech were:
Additional topics that the President could cover:
SOTU Topics Drawn from the Kansas Themes:
Financial regulation/oversight of financial sector
Causes of the financial meltdown
- Another theme of the President's Kansas speech was the roots of the financial meltdown which left countless families underwater or facing foreclosure. RAND's Center for Financial and Economic Decision Making is working to find solutions that can improve the decision making that affects the financial well-being of individuals, families, and nations. RAND is also a co-director of the Financial Literacy Center (FLC) which develops and tests innovative programs to improve financial literacy and financial decision making.
- The President's Kansas speech prominently featured deficit reduction as another theme. RAND helps policy decisionmakers solve problems that often save money: Saving the Government Money briefly summarizes some of these RAND efforts.
RAND Resources for Additional Possible 2012 SOTU Topics:
Defense budget and new security challenges
- In the face of increasing complexity, changing tactics, and tight budgets, the defense establishment will need to change in multiple ways, yet must also not risk its historic strengths. A New Division of Labor: Meeting America's Security Challenges Beyond Iraq
- As the Army's role in Iraq and Afghanistan diminishes over the next decade, how might the Army be changed as its budget changes? Where Might the U.S. Army Budget Go, and How Might it Get There?
- The rise of China's economic, military, and diplomatic power has effects on U.S. influence and our relationships with allies in the Asia-Pacific region. Pacific Currents: The Responses of U.S. Allies and Security Partners in East Asia to China's Rise
- What would an armed conflict with China look like, and how could the U.S. avoid one? Conflict with China: Prospects, Consequences, and Strategies for Deterrence
- Defense planners confront new security challenges posed by nuclear-armed regional adversaries such as Iran and North Korea. The Challenge of Nuclear-Armed Regional Adversaries
- How can the U.S. forge a broad yet effective relationship with the Pakistan? Pakistan: Can the United States Secure an Insecure State?
- Is the U.S. prepared to fight conflicts against a new type of hybrid adversary? Israeli Mistakes Against Hybrid Adversaries Serve as Cautionary Tale for U.S. Military and also Military Capabilities for Hybrid War
- The new Defense Strategy Guidance emphasizes the need to invest in cyber capabilities. U.S. planners will need to understand the key ways by which cyberwar differs from conventional war. Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar
Health reform/Affordable Care Act
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