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September 2017

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A depressed veteran meets with a therapist

Steve Debenport

Improving Care for PTSD and Depression in the Military

Most service members with PTSD or depression received at least some psychotherapy, but fewer received psychotherapy that was evidence-based. Less than half of service members received an adequate amount of initial care when beginning treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. These are some findings from a comprehensive assessment of the quality of mental health care delivered by the Military Health System.

The study found that while the quality of mental health care was excellent in some areas, there were others where improvements could be made. It recommends focusing on specific areas in need of improvement and expanding efforts to routinely assess and report on quality.

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A member of Iraqi security forces holds an Islamic State flag on top of a destroyed building in Mosul

Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

The Terrorist Diaspora: After the Fall of the Caliphate (Addendum)

Colin P. Clarke

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National Security Research Division (FFRDC)

U.S. Air Force Airman places his hand on another Airman's back at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., November 21, 2014

Senior Airman Tabatha Zarrella/U.S. Air Force

Delivering Clinical Practice Guideline-Concordant Care for PTSD and Major Depression in Military Treatment Facilities

Kimberly A. Hepner et al.

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Army soldiers take a yoga class at Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Sgt. Sierra A. Fown/U.S. Army

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Military Health System

Patricia M. Herman et al.

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Erikona/Getty Images

The Blended Retirement System: Retention Effects and Continuation Pay Cost Estimates for the Armed Services

Beth J. Asch et al.

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An Afghan tribal elder speaks to key leaders with the National Police, Afghan National Army, and Task Force Southwest during a shura at Camp Nolay, Helmand, Afghanistan, May 25, 2017

Sgt. Lucas Hopkins/U.S. Marines

Implications of the Security Cooperation Office Transition in Afghanistan for Special Operations Forces: An Abbreviated Report of the Study's Primary Findings

Jason H. Campbell et al.

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World map jigsaw puzzle

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Alternative Options for U.S. Policy Toward the International Order

Michael J. Mazarr et al.

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Colleagues in an office

Siri Stafford/Getty Images

Hispanic Representation in the Department of Defense Civilian Workforce: Trend and Barrier Analysis

Miriam Matthews et al.

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JROTC cadets

MCJROTC/Vickey Mouzé

Geographic and Demographic Representativeness of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps

Charles A. Goldman et al.

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A CV-22B Osprey operated by the 7th Special Operations Squadron from Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England

Airman 1st Class Trevor T. McBride/U.S. Air Force

Enhancing Management of the Joint Future Vertical Lift Initiative

Jeffrey A. Drezner et al.

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3D Printing: Downstream Production Transforming the Supply Chain

Simon Veronneau et al.

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Digital devices on a map of Australia

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Exploring Cyber Security Policy Options in Australia

Igor Mikolic-Torreira et al.

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Arroyo Center (FFRDC)

Group of people working together to complete a jigsaw puzzle of the world

The Global Landpower Network: Recommendations for Strengthening Army Engagement

Angela O'Mahony et al.

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Blocks on paper charts

Spc. Bryan Willis/U.S. Army
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Army Stock Positioning: How Can Distribution Performance Be Improved?

Adam C. Resnick et al.

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Project Air Force (FFRDC)

Alaska Air Guardsmen bid farewell to last C-130 Hercules aircraft, March 4, 2017

Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton/U.S. Air National Guard

Exploring Parallel Development in the Context of Agile Acquisition: Analytical Support to the Air Superiority 2030 Enterprise Capability Collaboration Team

Jeffrey A. Drezner and Michael Simpson

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National Security Legislative Analyst

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