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.
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Saving Transatlantic Cooperation and the Iran Nuclear Deal: A View from Europe and the United States 2018
Strong transatlantic cooperation holds the best prospects for achieving the core common objective of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.
Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on February 15, 2018.
Drawing from a unique administrative data set with audited unemployment compensation for ex–service members (UCX) and unemployment insurance (UI) claims from 2002 to 2012, this report provides a first portrait of the job search process of ex–service members relative to that for civilians. Overall, the claim data offer a portrait of a job search process that appears to be working for ex–service members in many ways.
Security cooperation's importance, scale, and complexity have grown substantially in recent years, but efforts to develop and manage the Department of Defense security cooperation workforce have lagged. This study informs the development of career models for the security cooperation workforce, assesses potential requirements for competencies and experience, and identifies potential job families within the workforce to facilitate management.
Assessing the Conventional Force Imbalance in Europe: Implications for Countering Russian Local Superiority 2018
This report outlines how NATO and Russian force levels and capabilities have evolved in the post–Cold War era and what recent trends imply for the balance of capabilities in the NATO member states that border Russia in the Baltic Sea region. It is intended to inform debate over appropriate NATO force preparation to respond to the recent growth in Russian military capability and capacity and to increased Russian assertiveness in the use of force.