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
  • A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 37B

    Report

    The Impact of the Air Force's Space Launch Acquisition Decisions

    Apr 28, 2020

    How could potential U.S. Air Force decisions in the near term affect domestic launch providers and the market in general? New launch market forecasts and vignettes illuminate potential strategies for U.S. firms.

  • Nine U.S. Coast Guard aircraft sit on a runway at Manassas Regional Airport, June 17, 2016.

    Report

    Meeting U.S. Coast Guard Airpower Needs

    Apr 21, 2020

    As the U.S Coast Guard (USCG) air fleet ages and needs to be replaced, airpower needs for current missions and possible future operational requirements can be assessed. What mixes of airpower can help the USCG execute its variety of missions in the next 30 years?

  • Guided missile destroyer USS Forest Sherman (DDG 98) test fires its five-inch gun on the bow of the ship during training. The Sherman is currently conducting training exercises in the Atlantic Ocean, photo by Joshua Adam Nuzzo/U.S. Navy

    Report

    Naval Surface Fire Support

    Apr 16, 2020

    Naval surface fire support (NSFS) has been a traditional mission of U.S. Navy surface combatants. What are the existing formal requirements for NSFS, and how can they be improved, clarified, or made more specific?

  • The Advantages and Disadvantages of Seeking Commonality in Military Equipment 2011

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

  • Alternative Fuels for Military Applications 2011

    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 Programs 2011

    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.