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  • Repeating pattern of blue surgical masks, photo by Dmitriy Sidor/Getty Images


    The End of the U.S. COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Q&A with RAND Experts

    We asked RAND experts to reflect on the past three years: What were the effects on the United States and around the world, what has changed, what are the most important takeaways, what was done right, and what was done wrong? At the same time, they looked ahead to what might be done to mitigate the health and geopolitical impacts of future pandemics.

    May 8, 2023

  • RAND's 75th anniversary logo over a global network, image by RAND Corporation and spainter_vfx/Adobe Stock


    RAND Turns 75: A Look Through the Decades At World-Changing Research

    From anticipating the Space Age in the 1940s to studying gun policy and COVID-19 responses in the 2020s, RAND is celebrating 75 years of research that has made a difference.

    May 8, 2023

  • ChatGPT logo in an illustration from March 31, 2023 ,photo by Dado Ruvic/Reuters, photo by Dado Ruvic/Reuters


    ChatGPT's Work Lacks Transparency and That Is a Problem

    In a world with Large Language Models such as ChatGPT, there is a growing need for modernized data literacy. Developers need to be more transparent about their algorithms and data sources so that people can assess the inherent sources of bias or problems with the approach.

    May 8, 2023

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    News Release

    Providing Legal Counsel at Initial Bail Hearings Reduces Use of Cash Bail, Lowers Incarceration

    Providing defendants with legal counsel during their initial bail hearing decreases use of monetary bail and pretrial detention, without increasing the likelihood that defendants fail to appear at the subsequent preliminary hearing.

    May 5, 2023

  • A stack of white FFP2 or N95 respirator face masks on a cyan background, photo by Christian Horz/Getty Images

    Media Advisory

    Experts Available to Discuss COVID-19 Pandemic as Federal Public Health Emergency Declaration Ends

    Experts from the nonprofit RAND Corporation are available to discuss issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic as the federal government's public health emergency declaration is scheduled to end on May 11. RAND has done substantial research about the pandemic.

    May 5, 2023

  • RAND Weekly Recap


    Ukraine's Recovery, Mental Health First Aid, School Staffing: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the trade-offs of Ukraine's reconstruction, the effects of a Mental Health First Aid training program, school staffing challenges, and more.

    May 5, 2023

  • A still image taken from video shows a flying object approaching the dome of the Kremlin Senate building in Moscow, Russia, May 2, 2023, photo by Ostorozhno Novosti


    What the Drone Strikes on the Kremlin Reveal About the War in Ukraine

    False flag, special op, or fizzled attack—it may not be possible to get to the bottom of who launched drones at the Kremlin and why any time soon. But the incident and reactions it has elicited from the war's major players reveal just how important weaponized, long-range drones have become in this conflict.

    May 4, 2023

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    Mental Health First Aid: Training People to Help Others

    An innovative program trains and empowers people to not look away from those experiencing mental illness, but to listen to them, reassure them, and encourage them to get help. Most trainees of the program in New York City were still using what they had learned five years later.

    May 3, 2023

  • A Coast Guard unmanned aircraft system hovers during training in Astoria, Oregon, February 24, 2023, photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diolanda Caballero/U.S. Coast Guard


    Coast Guard Leans Forward in New UxS Strategy but Faces Significant Challenges

    The rise of unmanned systems creates a challenging landscape for the U.S. Coast Guard as it endeavors to conduct its diverse missions in the future. To address emerging technologies and prepare for forthcoming threats, the service recently released a strategic plan.

    May 3, 2023

  • An example of a cover sheet typically used to mark a folder as classified. This folder does not contain classified material and the cover sheet itself is unclassified, photo by C. Todd Lopez/U.S. Department of Defense


    Preventing Intelligence Leaks: Let's Start Over

    The United States badly needs a new secrecy paradigm to protect classified information, and one that also improves government transparency. Our archaic system for keeping classified information secure is terminally flawed, and no amount of triage tinkering can hope to fix it.

    May 3, 2023

  • Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft fly over Iraq and Syria, July 17, 2021, pTwo U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft fly over Iraq and Syria, July 17, 2021


    Why Does Ukraine Want Western Jets?

    Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Ukraine has requested Western fighter jets. Why does it want them? Of what use could they be? And what are some of their limitations?

    May 3, 2023

  • A man in a yellow sweater talks to a group of people on a video conference call on his computer, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images


    Hybrid Work Is Here to Stay. It's Time for Security to Catch Up to Our New Normal

    As hybrid work becomes the new normal, workplace practices—security-focused and otherwise—may need to reconsider whether physical presence necessarily improves either security or work outcomes.

    May 2, 2023

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    Solving the Mental Health Crisis: Tackling Psychiatric Bed Shortages in California

    Psychiatric beds are essential infrastructure for meeting the needs of individuals with mental health conditions. But like many parts of the United States, California is confronting a shortage that, without action, will get worse over time. What are some recommendations to address the bed shortage?

    May 1, 2023

  • Department of Veterans Affairs sign on a VA building, photo courtesy of Department of Veterans Affairs


    The Problems Facing VA Modernization Are Bigger Than Its Software Systems

    The list of criticisms of the new Veterans Affairs electronic health record system, Oracle Cerner, is long. It's expensive, downtime has been high, and doctors' orders have gone missing, putting patient safety at risk. How did this implementation go so wrong? And what should be done now?

    Apr 28, 2023

  • Sacks of lithium carbonate at Albemarle Lithium production facility in Silver Peak, Nevada, October 6, 2022, photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters


    Do Car Companies Know Where Their Critical Minerals Come From?

    The initial slate of electric vehicles qualifying for a new federal tax credit was announced in April. Key to eligibility is the source of critical minerals used in their batteries. While the list of acceptable nations of origin is still being worked out, there's an important practical question the IRS should ask: Do carmakers really know where their critical minerals come from?

    Apr 28, 2023

  • RAND Weekly Recap


    Violence in Sudan, Alcohol Use, North Korea: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the violence in Sudan, preventing alcohol-related deaths, the North Korean nuclear threat, and more.

    Apr 28, 2023

  • Negative pressure screening tents set up outside the emergency room entrance at University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 9, 2020, photo by George Frey/Reuters


    An Opportunity to Learn from Our COVID-19 Successes and Failures

    COVID-19 showed that the U.S. pandemic response plans of the past were no match for a protracted nationwide health emergency. What lessons were learned that could help the United States effectively protect its population and other vital national interests going forward?

    Apr 27, 2023

  • Smoke rises from buildings during clashes between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in Khartoum North, Sudan. April 22, 2023, photo by Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters


    The Fight for Sudan Was Inevitable

    When conflict in Sudan did not end after the 2005 peace agreement, the international community fell into a familiar pattern of never-ending negotiations. But conflict resolution focused on agreements that split power between armed groups rarely leads to sustainable peace. The effects of such misbegotten efforts are plain to see.

    Apr 27, 2023

  • An older Asian woman in a wheelchair speaking to an older White man who is leaning close to her, photo by ProfessionalStudioImages/Getty Images


    New Clinical Outcome Assessments Could Improve Treatment for Parkinson's

    The prevalence of Parkinson's disease has doubled over the last 25 years, and over 8.5 million people are living with the disease worldwide, but treatment options are limited. The development of new clinical outcome assessments could lead to new treatments for the disease.

    Apr 25, 2023

  • China yuan banknote on China flags and U.S. dollar banknote on United States flags, photo by Dilok Klaisataporn/Getty Images


    A Civilian U.S. 'Joint Chiefs' for Economic Competition with China?

    China's aggressive activities are presenting a serious, sustained challenge to the international order. To position itself for this new era, the United States could create a civilian equivalent to the Joint Chiefs of Staff with a mandate to manage the expanding role of U.S. civilian departments in geopolitical and economic competition.

    Apr 24, 2023

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