National Security: Featured Research

  • How to Bolster Recruitment of Women into the U.S. Military

    Jun 28, 2017

    As ground combat jobs transition to include women, efforts to improve the recruitment process are expanding. Having more female recruiters could help, as could creating outreach materials that counter stereotypes and highlight the roles of women in the military.

  • Strategic Planning Tools for the Army Senior ROTC Program

    May 5, 2017

    Researchers created a program evaluation tool and a selection evaluation tool to help the Army evaluate existing ROTC programs and explore new market opportunities, keep up with changes in the college student population, and meet both near-term officer production goals as well as longer-term strategic objectives.

  • The Evolution of U.S. Military Policy from the Constitution to the Present

    May 4, 2017

    Is there a "traditional" U.S. military policy? A detailed history explains that the current foundational laws for the Army were not an inevitable interpretation of the "raise and support armies" or "militia" clauses of the Constitution, but the result of gradual changes to statutory law.

  • Stress and Dissatisfaction in the Air Force's Remotely Piloted Aircraft Community

    Apr 27, 2017

    The demand for the Air Force's remotely piloted aircraft has spiked in the past few years. Crews feel stressed due to heavy workloads, undermanning, and other factors. What can the Air Force do to mitigate these stressors?

  • Media Conference Call on the North Korea Crisis

    Apr 20, 2017

    RAND experts Bruce Bennett, Mike Mazarr, and Andrew Scobell host a conference call with news media discussing the latest developments between North Korea, the United States, and China. Senior Media Relations Officer Khorshied Samad moderates the call.

  • Current and Future Challenges to Resourcing U.S. Navy Public Shipyards

    Mar 15, 2017

    As shipyard work changes, will more personnel now be required to perform it? Researchers examine why the rising number of civilians employed at the U.S. Navy's public shipyards has outpaced increases in workload, and what risks shipyards may wish to address through additional hiring.

  • Limiting Regret and Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States

    Mar 1, 2017

    Testimonies presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces on March 1, 2017.

  • Defining an Approach for Future Close Air Support Capability

    Jan 30, 2017

    Close air support (CAS) is about providing airborne firepower for troops on the ground. The Army has relied on Air Force A-10s to supply CAS for some time, but the Air Force now plans to retire the aircraft. What are the consequences for the Army, and what alternatives can it pursue?

  • Helping Soldiers Use Army Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities in Civilian Jobs

    Jan 24, 2017

    Each Army military occupational specialty (MOS) requires a mix of knowledge, skills, and abilities that can be of significant value to civilian employers. Researchers use results from occupation surveys administered to soldiers in selected Army MOSs to identify a broad range of military-civilian occupation matches.

  • Developing Senior Leaders for the Reserve Components

    Jan 19, 2017

    Leader development is one of the most important priorities for the U.S. military. How can the development of senior leaders in the reserve be improved? And how can leader development policies serve the goal of an effective and integrated Total Force?

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

    Dec 20, 2016

    RAND's federally funded research and development centers apply research capital they have developed over the years to help decisionmakers solve problems and often save money as well. This publication lists and briefly summarizes some RAND projects undertaken over the past several years that have helped save the government money or that have identified ways to do so.

  • Waging Insurgent Warfare: Lessons From the Vietcong to the Islamic State

    Nov 1, 2016

    A new book from terrorist expert Seth G. Jones, Director of NSRD’s International Security and Defense Policy Center, explores the history of 181 insurgencies since the end of World War II, providing lessons for those fighting insurgent campaigns today in such countries as Syria, Libya and Iraq.

  • China's PLAAF Pilot Training Program Undergoes Major Overhaul

    Oct 27, 2016

    China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has made great strides in recent years to transform its pilot training program. PLAAF leaders understand many of the institutional and cultural weaknesses that impede effectiveness and are taking measures to address them.

  • Assessing the Training and Operational Proficiency of China's Aerospace Forces: Selections from the Inaugural Conference of the China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI)

    Oct 20, 2016

    This volume contains revised versions of three presentations on Chinese aerospace training and operational competence issues from a June 2015 China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) conference. Presentations concentrate on People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) leadership; training for PLAAF joint operations; and developments in PLAAF facility logistics and maintenance.

  • Building a Sustainable International Order

    Oct 18, 2016

    Since 1945, the United States has pursued its global interests through a policy of consistent but evolving support for a liberal international order. In recent years, however, international challenges - such as the rise of new powers, climate change, and failed states - have led to an intensified debate about the future of the U.S. relationship with that order.

  • China's Air Force Is Fixing Its Shortcomings

    Oct 14, 2016

    The prevailing view among Western observers is that Chinese fighter pilots lack the tactical mindset to engage and prevail in a dynamic, unscripted combat environment. But the PLAAF appears to have undertaken major reform in how it trains its pilots.

  • Developing an Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation Framework for U.S. Department of Defense Security Cooperation

    Oct 6, 2016

    Existing assessment, monitoring, and evaluation practices inside and outside the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) are explored to produce a proposal for the creation of a system for security cooperation.

  • Challenges and Opportunities in Cyberspace

    Sep 30, 2016

    Cyberspace provides opportunities for innovation, commerce, and societal advancement but also raises significant issues for policymakers in securing cyber vulnerabilities, ensuring privacy and protection of personal data, and considering the use of cyber weapons as a national security asset.

  • Rethinking Russia's Threat to NATO

    Sep 30, 2016

    A series of wargames examined the probable outcome of a Russian invasion of the Baltic states. The wargames showed that a near-term Russian invasion could reach the Estonian and Latvian capitals in less than 60 hours.

  • The Value of Overseas Security Commitments

    Sep 22, 2016

    U.S. overseas security commitments have positive and significant effects on both U.S. bilateral trade and non-U.S. global bilateral trade. If commitments were reduced, the economic costs from lost trade would be more than triple any associated savings in defense spending.