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    Commentary

    Not Enough to Just Replace Lead Pipes

    From late 2023 to early 2024, residents of St. Croix were directed to drink bottled water and then to boil their water to be sure it was safe after testing found elevated levels of lead and severe discoloration in parts of the water distribution system. As the drinking water emergency on St. Croix moves out of crisis stage, officials will need to build public trust and a resilient water system.

    Mar 1, 2024

  • Stereograph image of the Battle of Gettysburg - Engagement in the Peach Orchard, public domain image courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress

    Commentary

    Using Alternative History to Think Through Current and Future Problems

    We can use history to help us understand what happened (and why) as a starting point for considering what might have occurred if things had turned out differently. Known as counterfactual historical analysis or alternative history, this approach allows us to contemplate things not merely as they are, but how they might have been different with a tweak here and there in the timeline.

    Mar 1, 2024

  • U.S. Marines fire off a Carl-Gustaf 84mm Recoilless Rifle while conducting a live fire exercise during Intrepid Maven 23.4, July 7, 2023, photo by Cpl. Keegan Bailey/U.S. Marine Corps

    Testimony

    Exposure to Military Occupational Blasts: Research, Gaps, and Recommendations

    The cumulative effect of repeated low-level blast exposure in training or in combat can cause symptoms similar to traumatic brain injury. What can the Department of Defense do to better protect service members?

    Feb 28, 2024

  • Watchstanders aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy observe the Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel Svalbard breaking ice in the Barents Sea, September 27, 2023, photo by Airman 1st Class Norman Enriquez/U.S. Air Force

    Media Advisory

    RAND Event: Understanding U.S. Armed Forces Operating Capabilities in the Arctic

    Please join RAND Arctic experts and U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Gautier for a conversation on a recently released report on the Arctic operating capabilities of the U.S. armed forces, as well as a broader discussion about the strategic implications of the evolving security environment in the Arctic.

    Feb 28, 2024

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    News Release

    Statement About Theodore 'Ted' Gordon

    RAND notes with regret the death of Theodore “Ted” Gordon, a noted futurist who helped pioneer the early development of the Delphi method at RAND. The now-famous technique is used to reach consensus among experts.

    Feb 28, 2024

  • A Chinese family sits in front of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border in Jacumba Hot Springs, California, January 23, 2024, photo by Kyodo via Reuters Connect

    Commentary

    The Crisis at the Border: A Primer for Confused Americans

    While politically challenging, a holistic update to U.S. immigration laws based on a better understanding of American immigration needs and the factors that are driving people to make the dangerous trek to cross the border would help reduce the numbers of migrants arriving daily to the U.S.-Mexico border and the challenges migration poses to receiving localities.

    Feb 28, 2024

  • Teen boy solving algebra equations on. chalkboard, photo by Comstock Images/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Middle School Math Matters More Than You May Realize

    Many eighth graders don't even have access to algebra I, let alone geometry. Even when those courses are offered, the criteria for who can enroll vary a lot. Together, these circumstances can lead to deep inequities in who gets into advanced math classes by high school.

    Feb 26, 2024

  • An aircraft takes off to join the U.S.-led coalition to conduct air strikes against military targets in Yemen, aimed at the Iran-backed Houthi militia that has been targeting international shipping in the Red Sea, from an undisclosed location, in this handout picture released on January 12, 2024, photo by U.S. Central Command via X/Handout via Reuters

    Commentary

    Yes to Striking Iranian-Backed Militants

    Strikes against state-backed militias like the Houthis degrade these groups' military capabilities. But such strikes will almost certainly not deter the group from launching additional attacks. They could, however, take key capabilities and leaders off the battlefield, challenging Iran and the militias it backs to field the same quantity and quality of attacks in the future.

    Feb 26, 2024

  • A Russian Ka-52 “Alligator” attack helicopter flies near a church in Donetsk, Ukraine, February 27, 2023, photo by Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

    Commentary

    China Looks to Ukraine War for Guidance on Attack Helicopters

    Chinese strategists continue to be quite fixated on Russian attack helicopter operations in Ukraine. Helicopters appear to be at the very heart of any Chinese strategy to conquer Taiwan, since they can provide both extensive air cover and firepower for amphibious forces coming ashore and provide transport capabilities to deliver forces further inland in a hypothetical Taiwan scenario.

    Feb 26, 2024

  • Person fact-checking news on smartphone with magnifying glass, image by uniquepixel/Getty Images

    Commentary

    A Foreign Government, Oprah, and Fires in Maui: The Impact of Misinformation on Community Resiliency

    Crises and disasters are opportunities to undermine the national unity that forms in response to tragedy: U.S. adversaries may gain an advantage when there is discord among the American public. But even if information operations are cheap for foreign governments to execute, they also can be simple to counteract effectively through routine emergency management preparedness activities.

    Feb 23, 2024

  • U.S President Joe Biden says goodbye to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the end of the APEC meeting in San Francisco, California, November 18, 2023, photo by EyePress News/Reuters

    Commentary

    Interdependence and Its Discontents: Why Would Nations with Incentives to Avoid It Go to War?

    It's tempting to think that interdependence between the United States and China has reached a level in which armed conflict between them is unthinkable. Unfortunately, history gives us little reason to be confident that peace is inevitable simply because the degree of interdependence is strong.

    Feb 23, 2024

  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Palau's President Surangel Whipps Jr., Micronesia's President David Panuelo and Marshall Islands' President David Kabua at the State Department in Washington, D.C., photo by Sarah Silbiger/Pool/Reuters

    Commentary

    Gridlock Has Put U.S. Strategic Advantages in the Pacific at Risk

    The United States is on the verge of an enormous geostrategic blunder in the Indo-Pacific region. Congress has yet to pass funding promised last year under pacts with the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. Given the island nations' economic needs, further dithering by Washington could leave them little choice but to deepen engagement with China.

    Feb 22, 2024

  • A missile explodes in the sky over Kyiv, Ukraine, February 7, 2024, photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters

    Commentary

    Air Defense Shapes Warfighting in Ukraine

    The strength of air and missile defense in Ukraine has abetted the stalemate in the ground war. Its weakness has led to immense human suffering and infrastructure damage. As the war continues, air defense could become even more salient.

    Feb 22, 2024

  • A retired military tank on the beach with China in the background in Kinmen, Taiwan, December 20, 2023, photo by Ann Wang/Reuters

    Commentary

    Scared Strait

    The foundations of the longstanding U.S. approach to Taiwan-China relations are crumbling in the face of growing Chinese military power and aggression. Washington can no longer rely on its existing policies in the hopes that what worked in the past will succeed in the future.

    Feb 22, 2024

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    News Release

    More Than 40 Percent of Americans Know Someone Who Died of Drug Overdose; 13 Percent Say Deaths Have Disrupted Their Lives

    More than 40 percent of Americans know someone who has died of a drug overdose and about one-third of those individuals say their lives were disrupted by the death. While the overdose crisis has had wide-ranging negative impacts on people who use drugs, their employers, and public health systems, little research has explored the experiences of those left behind by fatal drug overdoses.

    Feb 21, 2024

  • People figures arranged as a question mark on an LGBT pride flag, photo by Valerii Evlakhov/Getty Images

    Commentary

    The Paradox of LGB+ Employment Status According to the UK Census

    Data from the 2021 Census of England and Wales show that gay and lesbian adults are more likely to be employed than heterosexual adults—but also that they are more likely to be unemployed than heterosexual adults. What caused this paradox and how can these statistics be better understood to make them more useful for policymakers?

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Digital image of a lock in a circle with one straight line on the left and many curved lines on the right, photo by MF3d/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Cooperation Could Be Critical to U.S. AI Success

    Cooperation between allies could be especially important to the development of artificial intelligence (AI). But co-developing AI applications with other nations faces many challenges as rapid advancements in the technology outpace policies and procedures designed during the industrial age.

    Feb 20, 2024

  • DragonFire laser directed energy weapon, photo courtesy of UK Ministry of Defence/Open Government Licence

    Commentary

    Directed Energy Dilemmas: Industrial Implications of a Military-Technological Revolution

    Alongside more traditional gun- and missile-based interceptors, directed energy weapons (DEW) are part of a layered approach to integrated air and missile defence. But with wide-ranging and disruptive implications for defence budgets and for industry that have only just begun to be considered, could the military impact of this possible DEW revolution be just the tip of the iceberg?

    Feb 20, 2024

  • The OpenAI logo displayed on a smartphone in front of an illustration of AI brains, in Brussels, Belgium, January 2, 2024, photo illustration by Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto/Reuters

    Commentary

    Why Artificial General Intelligence Lies Beyond Deep Learning

    Achieving artificial general intelligence might require diverging from predictive deductions to enhancing an inductive “what if…?” capacity when prediction is not feasible.

    Feb 20, 2024

  • A member of the honor guard prepares during a Ukrainian flag-raising ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the liberation of the town of Bucha, outside Kyiv, March 31, 2023, photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters

    Q&A

    Two Years After Russia Invaded Ukraine: Q&A with RAND Experts

    RAND experts discuss the state of the conflict in Ukraine and its prospects, the war's global implications, possible outcomes and solutions, and what the West and the rest of the world might be doing now and once hostilities end.

    Feb 19, 2024

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