National Security Research Division

  • Future Aircraft Carrier Options

    As the U.S. Navy's legacy aircraft carrier force begins reaching expected service life in decades to come, a RAND project explores possible alternatives for consideration to potentially replace it. The variants are possible alternatives that could be developed for less cost than the current program and potentially with sufficient capability.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Joint Military Exercise Can Be a Bargaining Chip with North Korea

    Feb 23, 2018

    Since 1976, the United States and South Korea have scheduled large-scale joint military exercises each year. Postponing the exercises this year has led to some signs that North Korea might be open to diplomacy. Delaying the exercises further could lead to direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

  • China Is Tightening the Screws on Taiwan. Will Trump Act and Risk Losing Beijing?

    Feb 22, 2018

    The United States should consider ways to strengthen its engagement with Taiwan on defense and security issues that go beyond arms sales. Washington will need to do more to help Taiwan deal with other forms of Chinese pressure as well.

  • The Potential of the Quadrilateral

    Feb 22, 2018

    The countries of the Quadrilateral Security Framework are the region's four most capable maritime powers, and are naturally concerned with China's assault on international rules and norms. If ever put in place, the Quad could contribute to the maintenance of security and order in the Indo-Pacific maritime commons.

  • At Olympics, U.S. and Korean Leaders Revive Familiar Roles

    Feb 22, 2018

    The current spate of North-South Korean diplomacy could be short-lived, giving way to resumed tensions and mounting fears of war. It seems possible, however, that South Korean President Moon Jae-in will succeed in brokering direct talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

  • Where Will ISIS Seek to Establish Its Next Safe Haven?

    Feb 19, 2018

    Many of ISIS's surviving fighters will seek out new battlefields to continue waging jihad. By coordinating with its allies around the globe, the U.S. could work to help alleviate the conditions that lead states to fail, making them less appealing as sanctuaries where terrorists can rest, rearm, and recuperate.

  • Israel Prepares to Take on Iran and Hezbollah in Syria

    Feb 19, 2018

    Clashes between Israeli, Iranian, and Syrian forces have injected new volatility into the Middle East. This increases the likelihood of miscalculation and escalatory military action across the region.

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