Homeland Security and Terrorism Issues

This page offers an easy way for policymakers to access homeland security and terrorism research and analysis that is relevant to current Congressional agendas. For additional information, to request documents, or to arrange a briefing, contact the RAND Office of Congressional Relations at ocr@rand.org or (703) 413-1100 x5643.

Recent Findings

  • Police clear the U.S. Capitol Building with tear gas as supporters of then-President Donald Trump gather outside, in Washington, January 6, 2021, photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters


    Addressing the Threat of Domestic Violent Extremism

    Feb 4, 2021

    The attack on the Capitol was an unprecedented assault on America’s political system. How might a national commission to review the events of January 6 offer a road to national recovery? And what can be done to address broader threats from violent domestic extremists?

  • Security fencing surrounds the U.S. Capitol days after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building, in Washington, January 11, 2021, photo by Erin Scott/Reuters


    What the Capitol Siege Means for the Future of Security Clearances

    Feb 2, 2021

    Some people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 had or have a national security clearance and thus trusted access to classified information. And some might apply for a security clearance in the future. If they are not identified and prosecuted, then they won't have a criminal record that could be detected in a background check.

  • National Guardmen on U.S. Capitol security detail in Washington, DC, January 11, 2021, photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht/U.S. Air National Guard


    How to Root Out Extremism in the U.S. Military

    Feb 1, 2021

    The military has a growing extremism problem because America does. Service members who embrace violent extremism are thankfully few; Americans citizens who do so are sadly far too many. As a nation we need to deal with both.

  • Supporters of Donald Trump scale a wall as they storm the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021, photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters


    Domestic Violent Extremists Will Be Harder to Combat Than Homegrown Jihadists

    Feb 1, 2021

    The beliefs driving today's domestic extremists are deeply rooted in American history and society. For this and several other reasons, shutting them down will prove far more difficult than combating homegrown jihadists.

  • Blog

    Prescription Drug Prices, Transgender Troops, Space Diplomacy: RAND Weekly Recap

    Jan 29, 2021

    This weekly recap focuses on America's high prescription drug prices, allowing transgender troops in the military, food insecurity in Black neighborhoods, and more.

More Research on Homeland Security More Research on Terrorism


  • Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

    Mar 14, 2011

    This briefing will focus on how governments and nongovernmental organizations can work together to improve disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

  • Marijuana Legalization in California

    Jul 12, 2010

    Beau Kilmer, codirector of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, will discuss the projected revenues, costs, and effects on price and use that may come from legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana in California.

  • Tackling Corruption in Afghanistan

    May 21, 2010

    Cheryl Benard and Elvira Loredo will describe a workshop in Kabul at which RAND convened 40 representatives from all sectors of Afghan society to better understand Afghan attitudes and experiences with corruption and their efforts to thwart it.

  • Civilian Defense Forces in Afghanistan

    May 10, 2010

    Arturo Munoz will address successful models of local residents helping to provide security to their own communities, and the viability of such counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan in "Civilian Defense Forces in Afghanistan."

  • Symposium Will Cover the Importance of Freight Transportation to the U.S. Economy

    Jun 9, 2009

    This RAND Supply Chain Policy Center Symposium on Modernizing the U.S. Freight Transportation System for Future Economic Growth will present recent findings on supply chain sustainability, and will offer several promising policy and investment alternatives to address identified challenges.

More Homeland Security and Terrorism Briefings

Alerts & Newsletters

RAND periodically sends newsletters to update Congress on highlights of recent work about terrorism and homeland security.

  • "Planned" Randomness as an Effective Border Tactic

    Apr 19, 2012

    As the immigration issue heats up for the upcoming election season, border security is sure to be at the forefront of the public debate. But what kind of border security methods can give proven results and return on taxpayer investment?

  • What's Next for Al Qaeda?

    Mar 30, 2012

    Two recent incidents, the burning of copies of the Koran and the killing of civilians by an American serviceman, have inflamed Afghan public opinion and in turn have led to questions here in the U.S. about whether America is losing the ideological battle in Afghanistan to the Taliban and al Qaeda.

  • How Do Trusted Traveler Programs Fare in Face of Terrorist Attacks to Exploit Them?

    Mar 22, 2012

    Identifying individuals who likely pose less risk than others and allowing them to pass through aviation security with reduced security screening—a process known as a trusted traveler program—could reduce the security burdens on some travelers while improving security overall.

  • State of the Union address January 2011

    Senior Staff SOTU Debrief from RAND Corporation

    Jan 25, 2012

    We've assembled a selection of RAND reports, journal articles, commentary, videos, and experts on these SOTU topics that provide you with analysis, insights, and ideas you can use in the months ahead.

Subscribe to Congressional Alerts & Newsletters


2010 and prior

More Testimony