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July 2017

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Members of the National Guard participate in Cyber Shield 2016

Sgt. Stephanie A. Hargett/U.S. Army

Cyber Power Potential of the Army's Reserve Component

Faced with increasing cyber threats, the military's demand for cyber professionals is growing. One resource that could help fill the gap is the reserve component.

RAND researchers inventoried the cyber skills that reside in the Army's reserve component and identified possible cyber roles and missions for the reserves. They found that there are tens of thousands of "citizen-soldiers" that have the potential to support the Army's cyber mission needs or have the propensity to learn cyber skills.

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U.S. President Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with China's President Xi Jinping at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida

Carlos Barria/Reuters

China and North Korea: Bolstering a Buffer or Hunkering Down in Northeast Asia?

Andrew Scobell

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Rebel fighters walk out from a cave that was used by Islamic State militants, after they captured the area from them, on the outskirts of the northern town of al-Bab, Syria, February 2, 2017

Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

The Evolving Terrorist Threat: Implications for Global Security

Seth G. Jones et al.

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National Security Research Division (FFRDC)

Global network and information connection


Monitoring Social Media: Lessons for Future Department of Defense Social Media Analysis in Support of Information Operations

William Marcellino et al.

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Soldiers provide perimeter security outside a village where troops search for a weapons cache in the Spin Boldak district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, March 3, 2013

Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann/U.S. Army

Improving the Recruitment of Women in the Military

Douglas Yeung et al.

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A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him

Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Stateless Attribution: Toward International Accountability in Cyberspace

John S. Davis II et al.

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Marines in Cherry Point Corporals Leadership Course

U.S. Marines

Are Current Military Education Benefits Efficient and Effective for the Services?

Jennie W. Wenger et al.

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World puzzle


Enhancing Next-Generation Diplomacy Through Best Practices in Lessons Learned

Dwayne M. Butler et al.

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Arroyo Center (FFRDC)

2nd Lt. Mary Kauffman, Ohio Army National Guard, crawls through mud during the Warrior Dash Aug. 11, 2013, in North Lawrence, Ohio

Staff Sgt. Sean Mathis/U.S. Army

Sustaining the Army's Reserve Components as an Operational Force

Christopher Schnaubelt et al.

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Project Air Force (FFRDC)

Soldiers representing eight nations display their national colors during an opening ceremony for Exercise Anakonda 2016 at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 6

Timothy L. Hale/U.S. Army

NATO's Northeastern Flank: Emerging Opportunities for Engagement

Christopher S. Chivvis et al.

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Airmen from the 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron offload one of the two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters from a C-17 Globemaster III at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom, Sept. 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class Dana J. Butler/U.S. Air Force

Support to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center: Enabling AFIMSC's Role in Agile Combat Support Planning, Execution, Monitoring, and Control

Patrick Mills et al.

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F-35 Lightning II's from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly in formation during a training flight May 2, 2017

Senior Airman Christine Groening/U.S. Air Force

Program Characteristics That Contribute to Cost Growth: A Comparison of Air Force Major Defense Acquisition Programs

Mark A. Lorell et al.

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RDM decision tree

RAND Corporation

A New Methodology for Conducting Product Support Business Case Analysis (BCA): With Illustrations from the F-22 Product Support BCA

Frank Camm et al.

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Man points to a graph

denphumi/Getty Images

Improving the Air Force Small-Business Performance Expectations Methodology

Nancy Young Moore et al.

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End the Korean War, Finally

James Dobbins and Jeffrey W. Hornung, New York Times

Giving Japan a Military

Jeffrey W. Hornung, The Japan Times

The Islamic State's Disposable Army

Brian Michael Jenkins, U.S. News & World Report

Trump's Options for Afghanistan: Losing or Not Losing

James Dobbins, The Cipher Brief

U.S. Interests and World Community

Michael J. Mazarr, The Cipher Brief

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