Acquisition and Technology

technology

Overview

Technology has long been an advantage for U.S. forces, and the advances now coming off the shelf could increase America's lead. At the same time, decisionmakers must develop and acquire cutting-edge military systems in an era of ever-tighter resource constraints. They must also consider the implications of information warfare, constantly emerging battlefield technologies, and advanced modeling and simulation for military practice.

Organization

RAND research on acquisition and technology issues is conducted within each of RAND's national security research divisions and collaboratively across the RAND research community.

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Featured Findings Archive
  • Report

    3D Printing: Downstream Production Transforming the Supply Chain

    Aug 11, 2017

    RAND experts provide a framework to help understand the potential impacts of 3D printing technology in a military context—and help the DoD think about future impacts on its supply chain.

  • Project

    Understanding the Forces Influencing EDA Innovation

    Mar 6, 2017

    Researchers are carrying out a study to address and analyse the innovation strategy environment, identify best practices and propose appropriate organisational structures for an EDA-led innovation platform for defence.

  • Report

    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?

  • The Advantages and Disadvantages of Seeking Commonality in Military Equipment2011

    Examines the desirable and undesirable trade-offs that U.S. Army decisionmakers must make regarding commonality in military equipment.

  • Alternative Fuels for Military Applications2011

    The military services have established programs geared toward reducing dependence on the use of petroleum-derived fuels in tactical weapon systems. This monograph examines alternative fuels that are candidates for military applications, focusing on economic viability, greenhouse gas emissions, military utility, and current alternative fuel development, testing, and certification efforts within the Department of Defense.

  • Are Ships Different? Policies and Procedures for the Acquisition of Ship Programs2011

    Department of Defense policies, procedures, and organizations for program management and oversight of defense acquisition programs do not align well with shipbuilding. Ship acquisition programs have characteristics that deviate from the normal framework in significant ways, resulting in disconnects and some confusion. The authors examine these differences and suggest policies that can better account for them.