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  • A teen boy using a laptop sitting on a bed, photo by SelectStock/Getty Images

    Essay

    Improving Media Literacy in Middle School

    Middle schoolers can be savvy users of news and information—when they know where to look. But they're also easy marks for misinformation, disinformation, and trolls. Helping them find their way in today's media landscape is important both for their futures and for the future of democracy.

    Sep 6, 2022

  • Children pet a police horse during the 46th Precinct’s National Night Out in the Bronx, New York, Tuesday, August 3, 2021, photo by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

    Commentary

    Letters and Cards Telling People About Local Police Reduce Crime

    Researchers conducted a large field experiment to deliver cards and letters to residents of a community with information about local police officers. They then evaluated how knowing some information about individuals one has never met can manifest in judgments about them and potentially reduce crime.

    Sep 6, 2022

  • U.S. military logisticians and transporters offloading equipment at the port in Gdansk, Poland, July 8, 2021, photo By Sgt. Katelyn Myers/U.S. Army

    Commentary

    The Problem of Intra-Theater Lift: Moving Things Around in the Pacific Area of Responsibility

    The U.S. joint force's ability to move materiel and people across oceans and continents is unique among militaries. But there are challenges all along the supply chain, addressed by different agencies and military commands in a complicated set of processes, and a collective reluctance to assume responsibility for the mission.

    Sep 6, 2022

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    Back to School, Vaccinating Kids, Space Security: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the well-being of America's educators, the effort to vaccinate kids and teens, security in outer space, and more.

    Sep 2, 2022

  • Police vehicles at night, photo by MattGush/Getty Images

    Q&A

    Reducing Police Violence: Q&A with Melissa Labriola

    A succession of high-profile police killings has prompted some departments and communities to seek change. But data is sparse, and research is thin. Melissa Labriola helped lead a study of police violence and developed a road map for future research that could move the field forward.

    Sep 1, 2022

  • Bright peaceful bedroom with wood floor, large window, bed with blue comforter, white pillows, and orange accent pillow, photo by CreativaStudio/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Sleep Retreats: A Pricey Trend That Doesn't Have to Be

    The growing trend toward sleep vacations reflects the increasing awareness that Americans live in a sleep-starved society. Whether embarking on a sleep vacation or creating one in your own home, making intentional steps to prioritize sleep is one of the best investments you can make in your own health and well-being.

    Sep 1, 2022

  • A soldier returned safely from Afghanistan, heads home with his family, photo by Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC/Crown Copyright OGL

    Announcement

    RAND Europe and King’s College London to run military research centre

    Leading UK military research organisations RAND Europe and King’s College London have joined together to run a military research hub, curating a free and accessible evidence base of research into ex-Service personnel and their families.

    Sep 1, 2022

  • U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks regarding the East Jerusalem Hospital Network at Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, July 15, 2022, photo by Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters

    Commentary

    Middle East Peace: The Biden Administration's Approach

    The primary goal of President Biden's July trip to the Middle East was clearly to reassert U.S. leadership with traditional allies in the Arab world. There are a few points worth highlighting from the Israel/Palestine portion that may be important to keep an eye on.

    Aug 31, 2022

  • A Russian frigate launches a Kalibr cruise missile at a Ukrainian target, from the Black Sea, June 15, 2022, photo by Russian Ministry of Defence/Reuters

    Commentary

    Will Robotized Fire Power Replace Manned Air Power?

    Russia's war in Ukraine entered the summer of 2022 with no clear military victor in sight. Although it is important to exercise caution in drawing any major conclusions, some powerful signs about the future of warfare can be derived from this conflict.

    Aug 31, 2022

  • Barry Pavel, photo by RAND Corporation

    Announcement

    Barry Pavel Named Vice President and Director of the RAND National Security Research Division

    Veteran national security leader and defense strategist Barry Pavel has joined the RAND Corporation as vice president and director of the RAND National Security Research Division, which operates the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center.

    Aug 31, 2022

  • A memorial site outside Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, after a 15-year-old allegedly killed four classmates and injured seven others on November 30, 2021, photo by Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP

    Essay

    How to Prevent, Prepare for, and Respond to Mass Attacks

    A new step-by-step guide can help communities prevent shootings and other mass attacks before they happen, and save lives when they do. It's written for a variety of public- and private-sector audiences—everyone from emergency responders and school officials to security personnel and community leaders.

    Aug 30, 2022

  • Esme, 11, receives a COVID-19 vaccination at the American Museum of Natural History's kids vaccination site in New York, November 29, 2021, photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect

    Commentary

    Vaccinating All Kids for COVID-19 May Demand a Block-by-Block Effort

    Community-based organizations know how to register voters and increase census participation. Reaching out block by block, even door to door, they can be just as effective in boosting vaccination rates.

    Aug 29, 2022

  • RAF troops during the Changing of the Guard ceremony on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, London Britain February 1, 2022 , photo by Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters

    Commentary

    Removing Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion in the Military

    Efforts to improve representation and remove barriers for personnel with protected characteristics are seen as essential steps for modern militaries, but have not gone without controversy. The UK Armed Forces could take a more-strategic approach to leveraging diversity to elevate it as a strategic enabler of military fighting power in the contemporary threat environment.

    Aug 29, 2022

  • A health care worker taking the blood pressure of senior woman at home, photo by FG Trade/Getty Images

    News Release

    Higher Premiums Not Always Linked to Better Health Care in Medicare Advantage Plans

    Enrolling in a higher-cost Medicare Advantage plan may not always get seniors better-quality health care. Plans that charged a higher monthly premium provided on average only slightly better care as compared to plans with no monthly premium.

    Aug 29, 2022

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    Diversity in the Military, Telemedicine Abortion, China and Taiwan: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the benefits of increasing and maintaining diversity in the armed forces, the challenges of telemedicine abortion, whether Indo-Pacific countries are backing China or Taiwan, and more.

    Aug 26, 2022

  • Signing of Treaty on Outer Space in May, 1964, photo by United Nations/ CC BY-SA 2.0

    Commentary

    Reduce Friction in Space by Amending the 1967 Outer Space Treaty

    Space has the potential to be a domain in which current great-power competitions and frictions can be mediated. The international community might consider updating the existing space legal regime to ensure it meets current political, economic, social, and technical challenges.

    Aug 26, 2022

  • A teacher helping elementary students at their desks, wearing face masks and separated by acrylic partitions during the COVID-19 pandemic, photo by kali9/Getty Images

    Essay

    How Educators Are Faring in the COVID Era

    Teachers and principals are twice as likely as other workers to experience frequent job-related stress. They report higher rates of depression and burnout, and much lower rates of resilience. What can school districts do to better support them?

    Aug 25, 2022

  • Holograms of capsule; charts and DNA helix on scientific backdrop, photo by ClaudioVentrella/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Improving How Medicines R&D Is Financed Could Support Innovation and Benefits for Patients

    Tackling chronic and infectious diseases depends to a large extent on the ability to develop innovative and affordable medicines that are available to patients in need. Policymakers will need to tackle challenges from multiple angles to avoid reducing barriers in one area at the expense of exacerbating challenges in another.

    Aug 25, 2022

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin addresses the news media at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., January 28, 2022, photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

    Media Advisory

    Response to Pentagon Plan to Mitigate and Respond to Civilian Harm Resulting from Military Operations

    RAND Corporation researchers Michael McNerney and Gabrielle Tarini are available to discuss today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) about mitigating and responding to civilian harm resulting from U.S. military operations.

    Aug 25, 2022

  • News Release

    News Release

    Fewer FEMA Employees Experienced Workplace Harassment or Discrimination in 2021 than 2019; More Progress Needed

    The risk of FEMA employees experiencing harassment or discrimination in 2021 was significantly less than in 2019, but one in five employees still experienced at least one civil rights violation during the preceding year.

    Aug 24, 2022

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