National Security Research Division

The RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD) conducts research and analysis for the U.S. government, U.S. allies, and private foundations. The division operates the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC).


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    Artificial Intelligence and the Manufacturing of Reality

    Jan 20, 2020

    Humans carry flaws in deciding what is or is not real. The internet and other technologies have made it easier to weaponize and exploit these flaws. And artificial intelligence will likely be used to exploit these weaknesses at an unprecedented scale, speed, and level of effectiveness.

  • Gulbahar Jelilova, an ethnic Uighur activist from Kazakhstan, poses for a photograph in Istanbul, Turkey, November 16, 2018, photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters

    How Washington Could Make Beijing Listen on Xinjiang

    Jan 17, 2020

    In autonomous Xinjiang, at least one million ethnic Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities have been incarcerated by the Chinese government. What can the United States and its allies do to help defuse this humanitarian crisis?

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    Acquisition and Use of MANPADS Against Commercial Aviation

    Dec 30, 2019

    Since 1975, upwards of 60 civilian aircraft have been hit by surface-to-air missile platforms known as man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), resulting in the deaths of over 1,000 civilians. This report provides an analysis of the key issues of this international security challenge.

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    An Examination of the Methodology for Awarding Imminent Danger Pay and Hostile Fire Pay

    Nov 18, 2019

    To recognize the risks faced by service members in the line of duty, the U.S. Department of Defense offers special pays and benefits to eligible personnel. RAND researchers examine the methodology for awarding hostile fire pay and imminent danger pay, and explore whether a different approach, such as one based on deployment or operations, might be more effective and efficient.

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