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    An Alternative Way to Think About Space Regulation

    May 9, 2022

    There are currently no international binding rules that would address growing threats in space. Without more-defined and enforceable rules of war regarding space and space assets, the danger of a destructive conflict in space grows significantly.

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    Commentary

    The Escalation Fixation

    May 6, 2022

    Fears of global nuclear annihilation should have produced a concerted effort by all sides to keep the Ukraine conflict limited. But the focus on escalation—rather than ensuring Russia's defeat—has instead made the international security picture more precarious.

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    How to Avoid Extremism on Social Media

    May 3, 2022

    Extremist groups have been trolling the internet for decades, and they have learned to temper their words and disguise their intentions. A new scorecard can help users—or parents, or advertisers, or the social media companies themselves—understand when they might be interacting with extremist content.

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    Assessing Burnout Among Military Health Care Providers

    May 3, 2022

    Health care provider burnout poses a threat to mental and behavioral health care for service members, veterans, and their families. How prevalent is burnout? What workplace factors are associated with increased risk for burnout? And what interventions could help?

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    What Does Putin Want in Ukraine?

    May 3, 2022

    RAND senior political scientists Samuel Charap and Stephen J. Flanagan discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin's strategic goals in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

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      China's Quest for Global Primacy

      Jul 26, 2021

      China will aim to establish regional and global primacy by relying on economic prowess and diplomatic maneuvers, according to the authors of a new RAND report. The goal: gain a position of advantage from which China cannot be dislodged by the United States.

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      Understanding Chinese Deterrence Signaling

      Jun 21, 2021

      As China leverages growing military capabilities and the availability of new communication channels, it is also changing its approach to deterrence signaling. New RAND research provides an analytic framework to interpret Chinese deterrence signaling and explores seven case studies of recent Chinese deterrence behavior.

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      What is the State of Deterrence in the Taiwan Strait and Korea?

      May 26, 2021

      Recent RAND research explored U.S. extended deterrence on the Korean Peninsula and in the Taiwan Strait. The researchers conclude that the state of deterrence in Korea is healthy, and all examined variables are robust or effective.

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      RAND Research on China

      May 18, 2021

      Strategic competition with China is among the top foreign policy issues of the 117th Congress. RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including U.S. allies and partners, gray zone activities, and technology and supply chains.

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      The Link Between Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the Military

      Apr 28, 2021

      Ambient sexual harassment—the sexual harassment of others in a service member's work environment—is strongly associated with risk of sexual assault, even after controlling for many other sexual assault risk factors, according to a RAND report.

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      In Case You Missed It: Special Operations Forces Culture and Climate

      Apr 26, 2021

      After several years of high operational tempo, what is the future of special operations forces? Linda Robinson discusses ways to ensure the health and culture of the force, right-size the counterterrorism mission, and prioritize diversity.

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      Sexual Assault Doubles the Odds of Military Separation

      Mar 31, 2021

      Exposure to sexual assault in the U.S. military doubled the odds that a service member would separate from the military within 28 months, and sexual harassment was associated with roughly eight percent of all military separations during this same time period.

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      How to Improve Access and Control Costs in the TRICARE Prescription Drug Benefit

      Feb 26, 2021

      Like other providers of prescription drug coverage, TRICARE uses benefit design, formulary, and other tools to strike a balance between access to prescription drugs for beneficiaries and spending. How might TRICARE further improve access, control costs, or both?

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