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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 13th Political Bureau meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in this image released June 7, 2020 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, photo by KCNA/Reuters


    North Korea Has Agreed to Denuclearization. Trump Could Try to Make It Happen

    Sep 28, 2020

    President Trump came into office determined to rein in the North Korean nuclear weapons program. But it has become quite clear that North Korea has no intention of giving it up. How might the United States bring North Korea into compliance with its denuclearization commitments?

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    The American Jihad Was a Failure. For Those Who Joined, It Was a Path to Destruction

    Sep 23, 2020

    To keep the jihad going after 9/11, al Qaeda exhorted homegrown terrorists to take up arms in the United States. ISIS later made similar appeals. These calls to arms yielded some plots and a few attacks, but overall, the American jihad was a failure.

  •  Army Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson, the U.S. Army, Pacific deputy commanding general, stands with his foreign counterparts during the opening ceremony of Exercise Cobra Gold 2020 at Camp Akathotsarot in Phitsanulok Province, Thailand, Feb. 25, 2020, photo by Army Pfc. Lawrence Broadnax/U.S. Dept. of Defense


    The Role of Allies and Partners in U.S. Military Strategy and Operations

    Sep 23, 2020

    America's time as the world's sole superpower is ending, and the country faces significant challenges. The United States needs to strengthen its network of partnerships to prepare for a new era of great-power competition.

  • The game box cover for Hedgemony, design by Rick Penn-Kraus/RAND Corporation


    Hedgemony: A Game of Strategic Choices

    Sep 22, 2020

    In this tabletop military strategy game, players represent the United States, its allies, and its key competitors. They must use “hedging” strategies and decide how to best manage their resources and forces.

  • A blue die sits atop a rule sheet for Hedgemony during a demonstration of  gameplay.


    Hedgemony: A Game of Strategic Choices

    Sep 22, 2020

    Hedgemony is a tabletop game designed to challenge players to outline a strategy and then make tough choices as they try to develop, manage, posture, and employ their forces in alignment with their strategies.

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  • In Case You Missed It: Military Compensation to Support Retention, Performance, and Talent Management

    Apr 11, 2019

    Could the current military compensation system be improved to better support changes in personnel management? The system has performed well over time, but RAND's Beth Asch outlines some possible improvements for policymakers to consider.

  • In Case You Missed It: Approaches to Counter Russian Social Media Influence

    Apr 1, 2019

    In this Congressional briefing, Elizabeth Bodine-Baron discusses different approaches and policy options to respond to the specific threat of Russian influence via disinformation spread on social media in the United States.

  • China's President Xi Jinping (C) meets with Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, August 30, 2018

    What Does China's Consolidation of Political Power Mean for its Military?

    Mar 26, 2019

    The concentration of political power in China under President Xi Jinping has impacted the Chinese People's Liberation Army. The military has undergone organizational reforms. Will these efforts make the military and domestic security forces more effective?

  • U.S. Army soldiers in an exercise on Udari Range Complex near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, that better prepares them to certify for future deployments, November 2017

    Considering National Security Policy in the 116th Congress

    Mar 7, 2019

    What are the biggest national security and international affairs policy issues facing the 116th Congress? RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including near peer competitors, rogue states and actors, military personnel, and more.

  • A map depicting Russian influence over Europe

    How Can the U.S. Counter Russian Hostile Measures in Europe?

    Feb 26, 2019

    Russia uses a range of political, economic, diplomatic, intelligence, and military activities to influence European countries. What can the U.S. government do to prevent Russian hostile measures from creating instability or shaping policy in target countries?

  • Police officials stand on the sidewalk as cars drive on the road in front of the Pulse night club, following a shooting in Orlando, Florida, June 21, 2016

    Who Joins Foreign Terrorist Groups?

    Jan 31, 2019

    An accurate understanding of the demographic profile of persons drawn to terrorist groups--and how it has changed over time--may help policymakers improve counterterrorism efforts.

  • A woman holding a diploma

    Are DoD Scholarships for Military Spouses Making a Difference?

    Dec 19, 2018

    The Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision to improve awareness of the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship. This scholarship provides financial assistance for education and training in portable career fields to spouses whose service members are early in their careers.

  • A U.S. Marine Corps soldier and his family outside their home

    Enhancing Family Stability During PCS Moves

    Nov 30, 2018

    About one-third of service members experience a permanent change of station (PCS) move every year. These moves are a stressor for military families and are associated with disruptions to family stability.

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