Force Structure and Employment



RAND research on effectively structuring and employing military forces focuses the development of effective security strategies, force employment concepts, and analytic techniques.


RAND research on military strategies and operations is conducted within each of RAND's national security research divisions and collaboratively across the RAND research community.

Key Research Centers:

  • RAND Arroyo Center, the RAND Army Research Division: Strategy, Doctrine and Resources Program
  • RAND Project AIR FORCE: Strategy and Doctrine Program and Aerospace Force Development Program
  • RAND National Security Research Division: International Security and Defense Policy Center
  • Accelerating the Transition to a New U.S. Defense Strategy

    U.S. leaders have recognized the challenges with the default post–Cold War defense strategy and have set a course for a more feasible and sustainable approach. But reforms continue to be obstructed by problems of bureaucracy, programmatic limitations, regulations, and institutional culture.

    Sep 28, 2023

  • How Ukrainian Civilians Resist Russia

    Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the ways in which civilians can support a nation's effort to defend itself against an external occupying power. A new RAND report offers a broad characterization of Ukrainian approaches to civilian-based resistance during the first four months of the war.

    Sep 28, 2023

  • Poland and Ukraine: Defending Europe's Future

    In the Cold War, West Germany, with robust NATO support, stood guard at the center of the Iron Curtain. Looking ahead, Poland and Ukraine along with NATO will defend Europe's center at the frontline. Insights from the West German experience might help them.

    Sep 25, 2023

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