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    Is the Defense Acquisition System Postured to Solve National Defense Strategy Operational Problems?

    The authors propose assessing the defense acquisition system's ability to overcome the operational problems outlined in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, discuss why the approach is valuable, and suggest next steps.

    Sep 20, 2021

    Joel B. Predd, Irv Blickstein, John Birkler, David Ochmanek, Chad J. R. Ohlandt

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    Data Rights Relevant to Weapon Systems in Air Force Special Operations Command

    The Air Force needs better access to contractors' technical data to sustain core military aircraft assets and subsystems. For this to happen, the U.S. government needs the appropriate license rights and actual possession of the data.

    Sep 2, 2021

    Frank Camm, Thomas C. Whitmore, Guy Weichenberg, Sheng Tao Li, Phillip Carter, Brian Dougherty, Kevin Nalette, Angelena Bohman, Melissa Shostak

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    A Clean Sheet Approach to Space Acquisition in Light of the New Space Force

    The authors describe an unconstrained "clean sheet" approach to space acquisition for the U.S. Space Force designed around the unique mission and calling of the new service.

    Aug 25, 2021

    William Shelton, Cynthia R. Cook, Charlie Barton, Frank Camm, Kelly Elizabeth Eusebi, Diana Gehlhaus, Moon Kim, Yool Kim, Megan McKernan, Sydne Newberry, Colby P. Steiner

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    Acquiring a Mosaic Force: Issues, Options, and Trade-Offs

    Mosaic Warfare envisions more fractionated, heterogeneous forces, dynamically composed on tactical timelines. In this report, the authors present insights from a policy game to assess alternative governance models for acquiring a Mosaic force.

    Aug 9, 2021

    Joel B. Predd, Jon Schmid, Elizabeth M. Bartels, Jeffrey A. Drezner, Bradley Wilson, Anna Jean Wirth, Liam McLane

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    Supporting Joint Warfighter Readiness: Opportunities and Incentives for Interservice and Intraservice Coordination with Training-Simulator Acquisition and Use

    As conflicts increasingly involve joint operations, joint simulation-based training becomes more important. The authors examine gaps between joint training needs and current and future resources to improve coordination within and among the services.

    Aug 4, 2021

    Timothy Marler, Matthew W. Lewis, Mark Toukan, Ryan Haberman, Ajay K. Kochhar, Bryce Downing, Graham Andrews, Rick Eden

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    A Review of U.S. Army Non-Materiel Capability-Development Processes

    This report analyzes non-materiel DOTLPF-P (doctrine, organization, training, leadership and education, personnel, facilities, policy) processes to help identify issues and changes to improve how the Army implements non-materiel solutions.

    Aug 3, 2021

    Samantha McBirney, Bryan W. Hallmark, Stephen Webber, Erik E. Mueller, Erin N. Leidy, Caolionn O'Connell, Drake Warren, Sale Lilly, Andrea M. Abler

  • Spectators watch a Russian Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet landing after a demonstration flight at the MAKS-2019 air show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia August 29, 2019, photo by Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

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    Defense Acquisition in Russia and China

    This report discusses recent research into the research, development, and acquisition processes of Russia and China—both doctrinally and in practice—and identifies areas in which each country excels and where each country has challenges.

    Jul 14, 2021

    Mark Ashby, Caolionn O'Connell, Edward Geist, Jair Aguirre, Christian Curriden, Jon Fujiwara

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    Understanding the Value of Defence: Towards a Defence Value Proposition for the UK

    The UK Ministry of Defence asked RAND to develop a 'Defence Value Proposition' to provide a better understanding of why defence exists and how the value it brings to the nation can be better articulated to government, partners and the wider public.

    Jul 13, 2021

    James Black, Richard Flint, Ruth Harris, Katerina Galai, Pauline Paille, Fiona Quimbre, Jessica Plumridge

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    Challenges and barriers that limit the productivity and competitiveness of UK defence supply chains

    Small and medium-sized companies attempting to enter and operate in the UK's defence market face several barriers that can limit productivity of defence supply chains. Addressing these challenges is key to improving productivity and competitiveness.

    Jul 6, 2021

    Julia Muravska, Anna Knack, Rebecca Lucas, Ben Williams

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    Persistent Challenges in UK Defence Equipment Acquisition

    This paper identifies underlying and cross-cutting factors that contribute to seemingly intractable challenges in defence equipment acquisition programmes. It also discusses measures that could help address these inefficiencies going forward.

    Jun 23, 2021

    Lucia Retter, Julia Muravska, Ben Williams, James Black

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    The Army's Local Economic Effects: Appendix B, Volume 1: Alabama Through Minnesota; 2nd Edition

    This appendix to the second edition of The Army's Local Economic Effects describes overall economic effects by state, details by fiscal year from 2014 to 2017, and a parsing of data by congressional district for Alabama through Minnesota.

    Mar 8, 2021

    Christopher M. Schnaubelt, Craig A. Bond, Cole Sutera, Anthony Lawrence, Judith D. Mele, Joshua Mendelsohn, Christina Panis, Meagan L. Smith

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    The Army's Local Economic Effects: Appendix B, Volume 2: Mississippi Through Wyoming; 2nd Edition

    This appendix to the second edition of The Army's Local Economic Effects describes overall economic effects by state, details by fiscal year from 2014 to 2017, and a parsing of data by congressional district for Mississippi through Wyoming.

    Mar 8, 2021

    Christopher M. Schnaubelt, Craig A. Bond, Cole Sutera, Anthony Lawrence, Judith D. Mele, Joshua Mendelsohn, Christina Panis, Meagan L. Smith

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    The Army's Local Economic Effects: 2nd Edition

    This report updates a previous report with findings on the economic activity supported by national-level Army spending in each of the 435 congressional districts for fiscal years 2014 through 2017.

    Mar 8, 2021

    Christopher M. Schnaubelt, Craig A. Bond, Cole Sutera, Anthony Lawrence, Judith D. Mele, Joshua Mendelsohn, Christina Panis, Meagan L. Smith

  • A B-52 Stratofortress, assigned to the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., prepares for an operational demonstration of the Quickstrike-ER (QS-ER) Naval mine project at the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, May 28, 219. The QS-ER project was initiated by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command as part of ongoing efforts to modernize and enhance military readiness throughout the joint forces in the Indo-Pacific region, photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman/U.S. Air Force

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    Comparing the Cost-Effectiveness of Expendable Versus Reusable Small Air Vehicles

    RAND Corporation researchers reviewed the comparative cost-effectiveness of reusable and expendable platforms for small unmanned aerial vehicles. The findings show that current technology often makes reusable platforms relatively inexpensive.

    Feb 23, 2021

    Thomas Hamilton

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    Managing Risk in Globalized Supply Chains

    This report addresses the challenges the U.S. Air Force faces in mitigating the risks associated with an increasingly globalized weapon supply chain and suggests ways to improve how it addresses such risks.

    Feb 5, 2021

    Caolionn O'Connell, Elizabeth Hastings Roer, Rick Eden, Spencer Pfeifer, Yuliya Shokh, Lauren A. Mayer, Jake McKeon, Jared Mondschein, Phillip Carter, Victoria A. Greenfield, Mark Ashby

  • The Royal Australian Navy vessel Her Majesty's Australian Ship Adelaide (III) is escorted by a small boat upon arrival for a goodwill visit in Metro Manila, Philippines, October 10, 2017, photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

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    RAND's Insights on Australia's Naval Shipbuilding Capability

    Testimony presented before the Economics References Committee of the Australian Senate on November 13, 2020.

    Nov 12, 2020

    John F. Schank, Paul DeLuca

  • Members from the Tyndall Program Management Office, Air Force contracting, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center and Air Force Civil Engineer Center evaluate technical presentations from four vendors vying for the $9 million Other Transaction Authority opportunity to develop an innovative operations center prototype at the PMO’s virtual Pitch Day Sept. 14, 2020, photo by Taylor Koopman/U.S. Air Force

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    Prototyping Using Other Transactions: Case Studies for the Acquisition Community

    Through literature reviews, interviews, and case studies, researchers reviewed recent U.S. Air Force experience in using other transactions for prototype projects (OTs), identifying lessons for acquisition professionals and improvements for use.

    Aug 31, 2020

    Lauren A. Mayer, Mark V. Arena, Frank Camm, Jonathan P. Wong, Gabriel Lesnick, Sarah Soliman, Edward Fernandez, Phillip Carter, Gordon T. Lee

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    Strategies for Acquisition Agility: Approaches for Speeding Delivery of Defense Capabilities

    The authors analyze various approaches to speed acquisition of military capabilities and keep pace with evolving threats, assess these approaches' suitability for different conditions and acquisition types, and identify implementation issues.

    Aug 27, 2020

    Philip S. Anton, Brynn Tannehill, Jake McKeon, Benjamin Goirigolzarri, Maynard A. Holliday, Mark A. Lorell, Obaid Younossi

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    Improving Acquisition to Support the Space Enterprise Vision

    A new RAND report examines potential acquisition approaches to support the Space Enterprise Vision and identifies several promising ones that merit in-depth examination: modular open system architectures, agile acquisition, rapid prototyping.

    Jul 15, 2020

    Yool Kim, Guy Weichenberg, Frank Camm, Brian Dougherty, Thomas C. Whitmore, Nicholas Martin, Badreddine Ahtchi

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    Benchmarking Data Use and Analytics in Large, Complex Private-Sector Organizations: Implications for Department of Defense Acquisition

    This report examines how the private sector addresses data governance and analytics to inform how the Department of Defense can develop and apply advanced analytics to acquisition challenges.

    Jun 4, 2020

    Jeffrey A. Drezner, Jon Schmid, Justin Grana, Megan McKernan, Mark Ashby