National Security

RAND conducts a broad array of national security research for the U.S. Department of Defense. RAND also carries out an extensive research program in homeland security, homeland defense, and terrorism-related research for the U.S. Government, as well as selected research for key allied governments and ministries of defense. Through its long-term investment in federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), the U.S. government has built a network of institutions with unique analytical and technical capabilities.

National security research is conducted by the following RAND FFRDCs: RAND Project AIR FORCE, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force; RAND Arroyo Center, sponsored by the U.S. Army; RAND National Defense Research Institute, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense; RAND Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

Latest Research

  • Evaluation of the Strength Aptitude Test and Other Fitness Tests to Qualify Air Force Recruits for Physically Demanding Specialties

    Aug 10, 2018

    The Air Force uses the Strength Aptitude Test (SAT) to determine whether recruits meet the fitness levels needed to perform the duties of various Air Force specialties with physical strength requirements. However, these duties may have changed since the SAT was developed. A new report evaluates the SAT and related fitness tests to identify strategies for ensuring airmen can meet job-related physical requirements.

  • Association of Insomnia with Mental Health and Alcohol Use Among Veterans

    Aug 3, 2018

    Symptoms of depression and PTSD increase risk for alcohol use and consequences in part by increasing symptoms of insomnia. Insomnia may be an appropriate target for prevention and intervention efforts among heavy-drinking veterans reporting symptoms of depression or PTSD.

  • Russia's Social Media Influence in Eastern Europe

    Aug 1, 2018

    Russia is engaged in an active, worldwide propaganda campaign, but it is particularly interested in targeting its western border. What can the United States and allied governments do to limit Russian influence in the region?

  • Proposing a New American Approach to Political Warfare

    Jul 24, 2018

    U.S. adversaries employ a blend of political, economic, cyber, and military tools. To address these nonconventional threats, America should consider developing a capability to orchestrate all elements of national power, both in war and in peace.

  • Army Soldier and Family Needs Vary Across Bases

    Jul 24, 2018

    The Army has many programs to help soldiers and their families cope with military life. But do these programs address their most pressing needs? An analysis of survey data, interviews, and focus groups from 13 garrisons provides local-level insight into soldier and family issues and needs, as well as the resources they use.

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