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January 2018

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The Russian Way of Warfare

Considering Russia's military modernization and intervention in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, how might Russia's military fight in the event of a major conflict against a peer or near-peer adversary?

While the Russian military does not have one standard way of conducting operations, Moscow likely has developed a series of contingencies for strategic planning. This research highlights ten key characteristics of Russian warfare, such as mixing conventional and unconventional approaches and using tactics that heavily emphasize massed indirect fires.

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Critical Materials and U.S. Import Reliance: Recent Developments and Recommended Actions

Richard Silberglitt

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Saving the Government Money: Recent Examples from RAND's FFRDCs

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National Security Research Division (FFRDC)

David Davis, Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the EU (left), and Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, talk to the media ahead of negotiations in Brussels, Belgium, September 25, 2017

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After Brexit: Alternate forms of Brexit and their implications for the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States

Charles P. Ries et al.

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SIGINT for Anyone: The Growing Availability of Signals Intelligence in the Public Domain

Cortney Weinbaum et al.

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Methodology for Translating Enlisted Veterans' Nontechnical Skills into Civilian Employers' Terms

Chaitra M. Hardison et al.

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Project Air Force (FFRDC)

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Air Force Non-Rated Technical Training: Opportunities for Improving Pipeline Processes

Lisa M. Harrington et al.

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A PLAAF B-6K strategic bomber at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, October 25, 2016

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People's Liberation Army Air Force Operations Over Water: Maintaining Relevance in China's Changing Security Environment

Mark R. Cozad and Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga

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U.S. and United Arab Emirates forces training together during an exercise in Kuwait, September 28, 2016

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U.S. Strategic Interests in the Middle East and Implications for the Army

Karl P. Mueller et al.

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Knights Brigade Soldiers take the oath of reenlistment in the courtyard of the Burg Lichtenberg castle in Kusel, Germany, April 1, 2016

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Identifying Promising Approaches to U.S. Army Institutional Change: A Review of the Literature on Organizational Culture and Climate

Lisa S. Meredith et al.

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