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  • Niger soldiers guard with their weapons pointed towards the border with neighbouring Nigeria, near the town of Diffa, Niger, June 21, 2016, photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters

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    How to Build Better Militaries in Africa: Lessons from Niger

    Oct 2, 2020

    To help counter the threat of terrorism and build the capacity of African militaries, the U.S. government spends over $1.5 billion a year on security assistance to the African continent. Does this support work?

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    How Russia Targets U.S. Elections, Black Workers and COVID-19, TikTok: RAND Weekly Recap

    Oct 2, 2020

    This weekly recap focuses on how Russia targets U.S. elections, Americans' increased alcohol consumption during the pandemic, Black workers and COVID-19, and more.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call with officials and public representatives of the region of Dagestan amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia May 18, 2020, photo by Alexei Nikolsky/Reuters

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    How Russia Targets U.S. Elections

    Oct 1, 2020

    In this campaign season, Russia might try to manipulate U.S. voters through social media as it did in 2016. New technologies have made these efforts easier. Russia's tactics aim to polarize Americans, create distrust, and paralyze the political process. What is the best defense against them?

  • Russian Interference in the 2020 U.S. Election (Crop)

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    Russian Interference in the 2020 U.S. Election

    Oct 1, 2020

    RAND military sociologist Marek Posard describes several broad risks of foreign interference in American democracy and explains how Russia may use reflexive control theory to cause disruption in the 2020 U.S. Election.

  • Chinese soldiers using desktop computers at a garrison of the PLA in Chongqing, China, November 14, 2013, photo by Gao Xiaowen/Reuters

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    China's Evolving Military Strategy and Doctrine

    Sep 29, 2020

    The People's Liberation Army has made impressive modernization progress over the past three decades, but it is unclear how its efforts will translate to battlefield performance. Chinese military theory, strategy, and operational concepts are key to understanding how the PLA might fight when needed.

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  • The U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence transits international waters of the South China Sea with ships from India, Japan, and the Philippines, May 5, 2019, photo by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

    What Are the Implications of Deepening Security Cooperation in Asia?

    Sep 27, 2019

    Since the turn of the century, key U.S. allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific have been establishing or deepening their defense ties. These new linkages and security commitments among regional actors have substantial implications for the United States, China, and the Indo-Pacific region.

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    How Can Distributed Operations Reduce Air Base Vulnerability?

    Aug 30, 2019

    In an era of great power competition, the United States can no longer assume that air bases will be sanctuaries. An enemy could disrupt air operations with attacks on a few high-payoff targets at main operating bases or the joint air operations center.

  • Fishing boats departing from Shenjiawan port in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province towards the East China Sea fishing grounds, September 17, 2012, photo by Stringer/Reuters

    How Can the U.S. Respond to Gray Zone Threats?

    Jul 30, 2019

    In an era of strategic competition, adversaries are engaging in activities below the threshold of war--an area commonly called the “gray zone.” How can the United States mitigate these threats and gain strategic advantage?

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi at the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China, September 5, 2017, photo by Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Reuters/Pool

    Competing with Russia and China in the Middle East

    Jun 28, 2019

    Russia and China have significantly increased their engagement in the Middle East in recent years. In this new era of strategic competition, what could the United States do to compete successfully?

  • In Case You Missed It: How to Reduce Suicide Among U.S. Veterans and Service Members

    Jun 3, 2019

    The rate at which veterans and service members die by suicide is a national security problem that requires a comprehensive approach. RAND's Terri Tanielian outlines six priorities for addressing the challenge of suicide.

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    What Makes for a Successful Military Intervention?

    May 30, 2019

    Policymakers often view military interventions as a tool to achieve political objectives. While these objectives were often successfully achieved, a recent RAND analysis of U.S. military interventions found that the levels of success have been declining over time.

  • In Case You Missed It: Russia and China in the Middle East

    May 23, 2019

    The Middle East is important to Russia, China, and the United States because of its strategic location and vast energy resources. What are the United States' strengths in this new era of strategic competition?

  • U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Christopher G. Dixon, operations officer, 2nd Marine Division (2nd MARDIV) is promoted to the rank of colonel during his promotion ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 3, 2014, photo by Lance Cpl. David McKenzie/U.S. Marine Corps

    Modernizing Officer Management

    Apr 30, 2019

    In this congressionally mandated report, RAND captured the military departments' perspectives on potential changes in the statutory framework for military officer career management, some of which have since been enacted.

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