Using satellite imagery and a novel analytic approach, a team of RAND researchers developed a fine-grained, data-driven assessment of economic life inside ISIL's self-styled caliphate.
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Follow the Money: Promoting Greater Transparency in Department of Defense Security Cooperation Reporting2017
Congress has authorized billions of dollars for new security cooperation programs since 2001 to meet an ever-widening set of national security challenges. This report analyzes the obstacles that the Department of Defense faces in tracking its spending on security cooperation activities and recommends ways to streamline its reporting process to meet new requirements for transparency imposed by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
A Strategic Assessment of the Future of U.S. Navy Ship Maintenance: Challenges and Opportunities2017
The U.S. Navy's ship inventory and the shipbuilding and repair industrial base that supports these ships have experienced significant changes. In the next 30 years, additional significant changes to the fleet composition and the maintenance requirements of the fleet are likely. This report assesses possible supply and demand capabilities in the ship maintenance workload for the Navy and notes long-term challenges facing mitigation efforts.
When the Islamic State Comes to Town: The Economic Impact of Islamic State Governance in Iraq and Syria2017
This report leverages remote sensing data and satellite imagery to assess the impact that Islamic State control and governance have on local economies in Iraq and Syria. It paints a bleak picture of life under the Islamic State. Although the group was able to maintain stable conditions in parts of Mosul and Raqqah, conditions in other cities deteriorated under poor governance and an inability to hold territory in the face of military opposition.
As part of a larger study on the future of the post–World War II liberal international order, RAND researchers analyze the health of the existing order and offer implications for future U.S. policy. The study's overall conclusion is that the postwar order continues to enjoy many elements of stability but is increasingly threatened by major geopolitical and domestic socioeconomic trends that call into question the order's fundamental assumptions.
Hispanic Representation in the Department of Defense Civilian Workforce: Trend and Barrier Analysis2017
Hispanics are less represented in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) civilian workforce than in the federal civilian workforce and the civilian labor force. This report assesses what factors might account for Hispanic underrepresentation in DoD. It includes assessments of trends in Hispanic employment and analyses of job applicant data. It also presents findings from interviews with representatives of DoD and of Hispanic-serving institutions.
Since 1945, the United States has pursued its global interests through creating and maintaining international economic institutions, bilateral and regional security organizations, and liberal political norms; these ordering mechanisms are often collectively referred to as the international order. This report examines options for future U.S. policies with respect to the order.