The personalities of U.S. military services are alive and well. Their unique cultures impact how they compete for resources, authorities, access, and influence. And their competition on the bureaucratic battlefield changes as the environment changes. How might the services react to a sudden change in resource levels or region of focus?
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The authors of this report assess how the unconventional defense plans and capabilities being pursued by the governments of the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) can deter and counteract Russian hybrid aggression and outright military attacks. It offers a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of such strategies and of associated technologies, and identifies ways in which other NATO and partner governments could provide support.
The Consolidation of Political Power in China Under Xi Jinping: Implications for the PLA and Domestic Security Forces: Addendum 2019
Document submitted April 11, 2019, as an addendum to testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on February 7, 2019.
Document submitted on April 9, 2019, to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission as a statement for the record for the hearing on March 21, 2019.
Do Differing Analyses Change the Decision? Using a Game to Assess Whether Differing Analytic Approaches Improve Decisionmaking 2019
The decision analysis community faces obstacles in moving new methods, tools, and paradigms from theory to practice, partly because of the difficulties in demonstrating value proposition. In this report, RAND researchers use a structured comparison game to examine the value proposition of different analytic inputs (scenario-based versus Robust Decision Making) on a sample U.S. Department of Defense decision about force structure.
RAND Corporation researchers developed a framework for assessing the maturity of knowledge products — outputs from health science research. An assessment results in assignment to a knowledge readiness level: scientific foundation, applied knowledge, or application to specific, real-world contexts. Those assignments can help the U.S. Army make better research portfolio decisions.
The success of counterterrorism finance strategies in reducing terrorist access to official currencies has raised concerns that terrorist organizations might increase their use of such digital cryptocurrencies as Bitcoin to support their activities. RAND researchers thus consider the needs of terrorist groups and the advantages and disadvantages of the cryptocurrency technologies available to them.