RAND researchers evaluated the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD's) Language Training Center Program, which partners with institutions of higher education to train DoD personnel in language, culture, and regional area studies.
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Fostering Skills and Creating New Pipelines for Military Service: Provisions in the FY 2019 NDAA 2019
Testimony presented before the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service on May 16, 2019.
Coalitions of rivals, while formidable against common threats, may find it difficult or impossible to avoid struggles among themselves even if they share an enemy.
This report offers suggestions for updating DD Form 214, which is used to characterize separating servicemembers' service, military history and the reasons for separation, for electronic delivery. While DD Form 214 is well-established and remains the definitive document to verify veteran status, transferring it to a fully electronic document will take substantial effort.
Meeting the Language and Culture Training Needs of U.S. Department of Defense Personnel: An Evaluation of the Language Training Center Program 2019
The U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD's) Language Training Center Program leverages the expertise and infrastructure of institutions of higher education to train DoD personnel in language, culture, and regional area studies. Evaluating the program in its eighth year, RAND researchers found that it is fulfilling its mandate and identified ways to strengthen it.
Russia and China in the Middle East: Implications for the United States in an Era of Strategic Competition 2019
Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism on May 9, 2019.
In December 2017, the RAND Corporation conducted a tabletop exercise on air operations across the boundaries between geographic combatant commands. The objective was to maximize operational effectiveness when using personnel recovery; close air support; and airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets against transregional adversaries. This report describes the exercise's design, key insights, and recommendations.