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    How to Deter Ransomware Attacks

    Aug 9, 2021

    To rein in ransomware attacks, the United States needs to upend the risk-reward ratio for hackers and for the countries that harbor or support them. Such a strategy would make networks harder to breach, hit back harder against hackers, and claw back gains from those who succeed.

  • A facility at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael, October 10, 2018, photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Conroy/U.S. Air Force

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    How Can the Department of the Air Force Prepare for Natural Hazards?

    Aug 9, 2021

    Some Air Force facilities are exposed to flooding, high winds, wildfires, or even multiple hazards. Future costs of damages are uncertain, and climate change could affect the frequency and scale of these hazards. The process for making investment decisions regarding resilience should be flexible.

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    Media Literacy, Internet of Bodies, Arctic Governance: RAND Weekly Recap

    Aug 6, 2021

    This weekly recap focuses on teaching media literacy in schools, a “connected future” via the Internet of Bodies, gaps in Arctic governance, and more.

  • Fort Leonard Wood senior leaders take part in training as part of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence extremism stand-down in March 2021, photo by Tiffany Wood/U.S. Army

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    Help, Not Just Hunt, Violent Extremists in the Military

    Aug 5, 2021

    The Pentagon is working to rid itself of violent extremist members. In addition to strengthening the chain of command to detect and remove extremist members from its ranks, the military could also empower military family members to intervene.

  • Soldiers assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as 'The Old Guard,' participate in the U.S. Army Birthday Run at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, June 14, 2021, photo by Spc. Laura Stephens/U.S. Army

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    Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the U.S. Army

    Aug 2, 2021

    Groups of soldiers, and particularly women, in different commands, bases, and career fields experience substantially different rates of sexual harassment and sexual assault. A better understanding of the characteristics and context of these incidents can inform and improve prevention efforts.

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      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.

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      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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