Conflict with a near-peer competitor—Russia or China—or war with North Korea or Iran would be a game changer, requiring more resources than the U.S. Intelligence Community currently has. But there are meaningful changes that intelligence leaders could make to better meet future demands.
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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has recently been more successful than al Qaeda in gaining U.S. terrorist recruits. The authors undertake a demographic profile of individuals drawn to foreign terrorist organizations and find that the affiliates average terrorists recruited by ISIL is younger, less educated, and more likely to be African American/black or Caucasian/white and a U.S.-born citizen.
Summarizes results of research into representation of Hispanic people and people with targeted disabilities among the Department of Defense civilian workforce.
Representation of Persons with Targeted Disabilities: An Analysis of Barriers to Employment in the Department of Defense Civilian Workforce 2018
Although a representative workforce is a strategic priority in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), certain demographic groups have historically been underrepresented and may continue to face employment barriers. To address this problem, RAND researchers identified employment barriers that persons with targeted disabilities (PWTD) may experience and recommended actions DoD can take to increase employment of PWTD in its civilian workforce.
Measuring Barriers to Mental Health Care in the Military: The RAND Barriers and Facilitators to Care Item Banks 2018
This report summarizes the findings of a study to develop an item bank of barriers to mental health care — a repository of survey questions phrased in a nonbiased way about different aspects of mental health treatment and avoidance — for the Department of Defense (DoD); establish the reliability and preliminary validity of the item bank and a short form; and identify options for how DoD can use the item bank to assess and monitor barriers to care.
Assessing Outcomes of Online Campaigns Countering Violent Extremism: A Case Study of the Redirect Method 2018
The number of programs dedicated to countering violent extremism (CVE) has grown in recent years, but a lack of understanding persists regarding the effectiveness of such programs — particularly those conducted online. This report reviews prior assessments of online CVE campaigns; offers recommendations for future assessments; and provides a case study of one particular CVE campaign, the Redirect Method.
This document reviews the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) by defining the program, its functions, and why it is valuable to participating nations. The authors describe its specific purpose, the efforts that have been made to gauge DEEP's effectiveness, some select accomplishments, and the significant lessons learned about the program.