Homeland Security Research Division

The RAND Homeland Security Research Division (HSRD) conducts research and analysis for the U.S. government; state, local, and tribal governments; and private foundations. HSRD operates the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC), an FFRDC operated by RAND under contract with the Department of Homeland Security.

Recent Commentary

  • The Crisis at the Border: A Primer for Confused Americans

    While politically challenging, a holistic update to U.S. immigration laws based on a better understanding of American immigration needs and the factors that are driving people to make the dangerous trek to cross the border would help reduce the numbers of migrants arriving daily to the U.S.-Mexico border and the challenges migration poses to receiving localities.

    Feb 28, 2024

  • A Foreign Government, Oprah, and Fires in Maui: The Impact of Misinformation on Community Resiliency

    Crises and disasters are opportunities to undermine the national unity that forms in response to tragedy: U.S. adversaries may gain an advantage when there is discord among the American public. But even if information operations are cheap for foreign governments to execute, they also can be simple to counteract effectively through routine emergency management preparedness activities.

    Feb 23, 2024

Explore Research on Homeland Security Issues

  • Research Brief

    Assessing the Impact of Body-Worn Cameras in U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement

    Researchers examined the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) body-worn camera pilot, and identified no critical obstacles that would prevent ICE from further adopting body-worn cameras. The team found no significant reductions in uses of force or complaints against agents wearing cameras during the pilot.

    Jan 17, 2024

  • Report

    Improving Financial Resilience to Natural Disasters

    Natural disasters have grown costlier and more frequent and are having a significant financial impact on U.S. households. Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected. What programs can help improve individual and community financial resilience?

    Dec 11, 2023

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