National Security Research Division

The RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD) conducts research and analysis for the U.S. government, U.S. allies, and private foundations. The division operates the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC).


  • A Ukrainian service member prepares an anti-tank guided missile weapon system on a frontline near Soledar in Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 14, 2023, photo by Serhii Nuzhnenko/Reuters

    A Tale of Two Wars and the Pitfalls of Success

    Russia's war in Ukraine once again poses questions about how the United States prepares for conflict—not only which weapons it buys, but also how it envisions great-power wars in the 21st century. If the United States does learn the lessons of this war, then it may secure the U.S. military's edge for decades to come.

    Feb 2, 2023

  • Photo by Senior Airman Sam Goodman/U.S. Army

    Preparing for Strategic Competition: The Need for Irregular Warfare Professional Military Education

    The Department of Defense does not provide the irregular warfare professional military education necessary for success in competition and conflict in the 21st century. This is a not a new problem, but it is one that may deserve new attention from Congress and the Pentagon.

    Feb 1, 2023

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Latest Publications

  • A giant yellow cone looms over naval personnel, photo by John Williams/U.S. Navy

    International Basic Research Collaboration at the U.S. Department of Defense

    Is there a way to integrate international scientific thought leaders into U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) networks? The RAND National Defense Research Institute examined how DoD can improve how it uses international basic research collaboration.

    Jan 23, 2023

  • Female service member sitting on a couch, photo by Prostock-Studio/Getty Images

    Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in Military Settings

    Members of the military who have been victims of sexual assault or sexual harassment often experience PTSD, depression, and substance use disorders. What therapies are effective at treating these conditions? And what barriers prevent service members from getting the care that they need?

    Jan 9, 2023

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  • The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) conducting a port visit in Sydney, Australia

    The Challenges to Making AUKUS Work

    Senior political scientist Jennifer D. Moroney writes in Security & Defence PLuS that for AUKUS to reach its potential, it will need to overcome barriers in terms of policies, legislation, management structures, and information-sharing practices.

  • Residents of Raqqa gather in the morning to drink tea after they had been allowed back to inspect their homes, photo by Aboud Hamam

    Civilian Casualties: Lessons from the Battle for Raqqa

    The United States' emphasis on minimizing civilian harm in Raqqa, Syria, was quite clear and strong up and down the chain of command. But the way in which the U.S. military waged war in Raqqa too often undercut that commitment. The Pentagon asked RAND to find out what happened.

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