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
  • Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Marine Technician Joey Mead operates a zodiac as the USNS <em>Mercy</em> transfers cargo aboard the HMAS <em>Labuan</em>, near Timor-Leste, August 15, 2010, photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eddie Harrison/U.S. Navy

    Australian and U.S. Military Health Professionals Can Help Address Pacific Island Needs

    May 5, 2021

    Australia and the United States can combine their military health capabilities to help improve the long-term health security of Pacific island countries. These partnerships should be carefully planned and focus on enduring engagement.

  • Reservists from 7 Battalion, The Rifles Reinforcing a Dam During Flooding, photo by Cpl Richard Cave LBPPA/Defence Images

    Crisis response in a changing climate

    May 4, 2021

    Researchers identified climate change challenges likely to emerge and propose five concrete policy actions that the UK Ministry of Defence could take to mitigate the impact of climate change on crisis response situations.

  • Australian soldiers from Battlegroup War Horse take part in the final assault on Williamson Airfield in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Rockhampton, Queensland, during Exercise Hamel, June 27, 2018, photo by U.S. Army

    Defence Mobilisation Planning Comparative Study

    May 3, 2021

    The boundaries of rule-based order and global norms are being tested everywhere. What threatens the stability and prosperity of Australia? And how do other countries structure their response to similar contemporary threats?

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