National Security Issues

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Recent Findings

  • Commentary

    Can U.S. Pressure Lead to A New Iran Nuclear Deal?

    Sep 18, 2018

    It could be a mistake for the United States to assume that more pressure will bring Iran closer to ending or reducing its ballistic missile and nuclear programs. When it comes to measures aimed at Iran's nuclear program, more pressure could worsen nuclear risks and further drive a wedge between the United States and its European allies.

  • Report

    Effects of U.S. Security Sector Assistance in Africa

    Sep 13, 2018

    U.S.-provided security sector assistance in Africa has had a mixed record since the Cold War. But when implemented along with peacekeeping operations, U.S. assistance has had a positive impact on outcomes like the incidence of civil wars, terrorist attacks, and state repression.

  • Report

    Learning from Past U.S. Army–Air Force Collaborations

    Sep 13, 2018

    The Army and the Air Force are developing the concept of multi-domain battle to better coordinate air and ground forces to meet shared challenges. Lessons from past efforts show that to succeed, multi-domain battle will have to address the fundamental questions of each service's culture and deeply held views about warfighting.

  • Research Brief

    How to Reform Security Sector Assistance in Africa

    Sep 13, 2018

    U.S.-provided security sector assistance (SSA) in Africa has largely failed to achieve its goals. Substantial changes are required if SSA is to have the impact the United States intends. These changes need to be made in strategies, programs, and evaluations.

  • Commentary

    Huge Military Drills Show Both the Limits and the Durability of China-Russia Ties

    Sep 11, 2018

    The appearance of military cooperation between China and Russia masks deep strategic distrust and suspicion. But despite these real limitations, strong incentives and a lack of alternatives provide a sturdy foundation for a continued strategic partnership going forward.

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Briefings

  • The Russian Way of Warfare

    Jun 15, 2018

    The House of Representatives recently passed an act that states that it is the policy of the United States to sustain a credible deterrent against aggression and long-term strategic competition from Russia. Scott Boston and Dara Massicot will discuss findings from their recent report, including key characteristics of Russian warfare and implications for U.S. policy. [Washington, D.C.]

  • Overcoming the Threats of Our Strategic Competitors

    Mar 27, 2018

    What weapon systems and posture enhancements should Congress and the Defense Department consider to prepare the United States for potential conflicts? In a RAND Congressional Briefing, David Ochmanek will discuss solutions that could help defend against national security challenges. [Washington, D.C.]

  • What Will It Take to Prevent a Security Decline in Mosul?

    Sep 22, 2017

    After defeating ISIS in Mosul, what must be done to stabilize the region and prevent a slide back into violence? Shelly Culbertson and Linda Robinson will brief Congress on targeted actions to address humanitarian and stabilization needs, and implications for U.S. policy.

  • North Korea's Continuous Provocations

    Jul 17, 2017

    North Korea's provocative behavior has heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and caused alarm throughout Northeast Asia and beyond. Bruce Bennett will brief Congress on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the role of China, implications for U.S. policy, and more.

  • Strategic Rethink: Choices for America in a Turbulent World

    Jul 24, 2015

    How does America envision its role in a turbulent geopolitical environment with growing challenges? Ambassador James Dobbins, Howard Shatz, and David Ochmanek examine the most consequential choices that are likely to face this president and the next.

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Alerts & Newsletters

RAND periodically sends email alerts to update Congress on highlights of recent work concerning national security.

  • Improving Force Development Within the Department of Defense

    Aug 31, 2018

    In wargames depicting future hypothetical conflicts against the nation’s most capable adversaries, programmed U.S. forces repeatedly have failed to achieve their primary operational objectives and have suffered heavy losses in doing so. What can the Defense Department and Congress do to ensure the military is capable of succeeding in potential future conflicts?

  • In Case You Missed It: Russian Nuclear Forces and Prospects for Arms Control

    Aug 2, 2018

    RAND's Austin Long discusses Russia's newest nuclear delivery systems and the current barriers to reaching an arms control negotiation.

  • How Well Are Service Members Taking Care of Themselves?

    Jul 31, 2018

    RAND updated, administered, and analyzed data from the most recent Defense Department Health Related Behaviors Survey in 2015. The results suggest that certain groups of service members warrant targeted intervention to prevent multiple negative health outcomes and to improve current behaviors.

  • The Korean Peninsula: Three Dangerous Scenarios

    Jun 29, 2018

    Should follow-on talks fail to resolve key issues in regard to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the military situation in Korea could remain very dangerous. What security challenges should the United States prepare for on the Korean Peninsula?

  • In Case You Missed It: A Path Forward in Afghanistan

    Jun 14, 2018

    U.S. assistance to Afghanistan has been enormous in scale and complexity for more than a decade and a half. How can the United States increase stability in Afghanistan through civilian and security assistance and best advance U.S. national security objectives? RAND's Laurel Miller recommends a path forward.

  • Countering Russian Social Media Influence in Eastern Europe

    May 29, 2018

    In Eastern Europe, Russia employs a sophisticated social media campaign that includes news tweets, nonattributed comments on web pages, troll and bot social media accounts, and fake hashtag and Twitter campaigns to influence populations and spread propaganda.

  • Additive Manufacturing and Future Security Threats

    May 10, 2018

    Additive manufacturing (AM)—colloquially known as 3D printing—refers to various methods for creating three-dimensional structures out of plastics, metals, polymers, and other materials that can be sprayed through a nozzle or aggregated in a vat. The spread of AM will bring with it both incredible benefits and new risks.

  • The Promises and Perils of Speed

    May 4, 2018

    Across the world, there is a profound sense that life is speeding up, and the faster life gets, the more we have to adjust our norms to keep pace. This ramped-up pace and how we react to it have the potential to fundamentally rework how we interact, think, and create.

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Testimony

2010 and prior

June 18, 2010
Considerations for the Use of Private Security Contractors in Future U.S. Military Deployments

Molly Dunigan

Testimony presented before the Commission on Wartime Contracting.

April 28, 2010
The Role of Incentive Pays in Military Compensation

James Hosek

Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Personnel.

March 9, 2010
Children on the Home Front: The Experiences of Children from Military Families

Anita Chandra

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

February 22, 2010
Stabilization from the Bottom Up

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the Commission on Wartime Contracting.

January 28, 2010
Reconstructing Haiti

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

May 6, 2009
NATO After the Summit: Rebuilding Consensus

Robert E. Hunter

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on European Affairs.

April 23, 2009
Air Force Service Procurement: Approaches for Measurement and Management

Laura H. Baldwin

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform.

April 2, 2009
U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia.

March 26, 2009
Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

March 24, 2009
Assessing Combat Exposure and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Troops and Estimating the Costs to Society: Implications from the RAND Invisible Wounds of War Study

Terri Tanielian

Testimony presented before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

March 11, 2009
Antecedents and Implications of the November 2008 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Attack Upon Several Targets in the Indian Mega-City of Mumbai

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the ouse Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.

February 26, 2009
Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

September 24, 2008
U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

Testimony unavailable - oral remarks only.

July 31, 2008
A New Grand Strategy for the United States

Robert E. Hunter

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

July 15, 2008
Does America Need A New Grand Strategy?

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

June 12, 2008
Invisible Wounds of War: Quantifying the Societal Costs of Psychological and Cognitive Injuries

Christine Eibner

Testimony presented before the Joint Economic Committee.

June 11, 2008
Invisible Wounds of War: Recommendations for Addressing Psychological and Cognitive Injuries

Terri Tanielian

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

June 11, 2008
Invisible Wounds of War: Summary of Key Findings on Psychological and Cognitive Injuries

Lisa H. Jaycox

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

April 3, 2008
An Iraqi Modus Vivendi: How Would It Come About and What Would It Look Like?

Terrence K. Kelly

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

April 2, 2008
Getting Back on Track in Afghanistan

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.

February 14, 2008
Ungoverned Territories

Angel Rabasa

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

January 29, 2008
International Perspectives on Interagency Reform

Nora Bensahel

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

January 16, 2008
U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.

September 5, 2007
The Role of the Department of Defense in Provincial Reconstruction Teams

Michelle Parker

Testimony presented before House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

September 5, 2007
Research and Development Issues for Producing Liquid Fuels from Coal

James T. Bartis

Testimony presented before the House Science and Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment.

June 28, 2007
Policy Issues for Coal-to-Liquid Development

James T. Bartis

Testimony presented before the Commonwealth of Kentucky House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

June 26, 2007
Policy Issues for Coal-to-Liquid Development: Addendum

James T. Bartis

Addendum to testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on May 24, 2007.

May 24, 2007
Policy Issues for Coal-to-Liquid Development

James T. Bartis

Testimony presented before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

April 26, 2007
Improving the Department of Defense's Small Business Innovation Research Program

Bruce Held

Testimony presented before the House Science and Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation.

September 26, 2006
Policy Issues for Alternative Fuels for Military Operations

James T. Bartis

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Readiness and Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities.

September 20, 2006
Radicalization: Homeland Security Implication

John D. Woodward, Jr.

Testimony presented to the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment.

August 8, 2006
Border Security and the Terrorist Threat

K. Jack Riley

Testimony presented to the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science, and Technology.

July 18, 2006
Islam and the West: Searching for Common Ground: The Terrorist Threat and the Counter-Terrorism Effort

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

April 21, 2006
Federal Agencies Can Adapt Best Commercial Practice to Improve Their Acquisition of Services

Frank Camm

Testimony presented to the Acquisition Advisory Panel.

April 6, 2006
Trends in the United Kingdom's Naval Shipbuilding Industrial Base: Lessons for the United States

John F. Schank

Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Seapower.

March 30, 2006
Information Sharing and Emergency Responder Safety Management

Brian A. Jackson

Testimony presented before the House Government Reform Committee.

February 28, 2006
Aerial Refueling Recapitalization Requirements

Michael Kennedy

Testimony presented to the House Armed Service Committee, Subcommittee on Projection Forces.

Testimony unavailable - informal remarks.

January 26, 2006
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness in California

Michael A. Wermuth

Testimony presented to the California Little Hoover Commission.

November 9, 2005
Stabilization and Reconstruction: No Longer a Non-Traditional Mission?

James Dobbins

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee, Non-Traditional Missions Panel.

Testimony unavailable - closed hearing.

November 1, 2005
Space Security

David Mosher

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee, Asymmetric and Unconventional Threats Gap Panel.

Testimony unavailable - informal remarks.

September 29, 2005
Does Our Counter-Terrorism Strategy Match the Threat?

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

May 19, 2005
Roles and Issues of NASA's Wind Tunnel and Propulsion Test Facilities for American Aeronautics

Philip Anton

Testimony addendum submitted for the Record to the House Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.

March 16, 2005
Roles and Issues of NASA's Wind Tunnel and Propulsion Test Facilities for American Aeronautics

Philip Anton

Testimony presented to the House Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.

February 2, 2005
Emerging Threats to National Security

Gregory T. Treverton

Testimony presented to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

March 24, 2004
Toward an Expeditionary Army: New Options for Combatant Commanders

Eric Peltz

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee.

March 24, 2004
Deployment, Retention, and Compensation

James Hosek

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Total Force.

March 24, 2004
Developing and Using General and Flag Officers

Harry J. Thie

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Total Force.

July 24, 2003
Competitive Sourcing and the Morale of Federal Employees

Frank Camm

Testimony presented before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia.

May 12, 2003
The Defense Civilian Workforce: Insights from Research

Beth J. Asch

Testimony presented before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring and the District of Columbia.

April 1, 2003
Remarks Before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Michael A. Wermuth

Testimony presented to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

March 31, 2003
Remarks Before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Brian Michael Jenkins

Testimony presented before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

October 8, 2002
Lessons of 9/11

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony submitted for the Record to the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence, Joint September 11, 2001 Inquiry.

December 13, 2001
The National Guard and Homeland Security

Bernard D. Rostker

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate.

April 3, 2001
Protecting American Interests Abroad: U.S. Citizens, Businesses, and Non-Governmental Organizations

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony resented to the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives.

March 27, 2001
Combating Terrorism: In Search of a National Strategy

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives.

November 16, 1999
A Review of the Scientific Literature as It Pertains to Gulf War Illnesses; Pyridostigmine Bromide

Beatrice A. Golomb and C. Ross Anthony

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on Health and Oversight and the Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives.

February 24, 1999
Aging Aircraft: Implications for Programmed Depot Maintenance and Engine-Support Costs

Raymond A. Pyles

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on Procurement, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives.

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