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For more than 60 years, RAND Project AIR FORCE (PAF) has offered an integrated program of objective, independent analysis on issues of enduring concern to Air Force leaders. Current research focuses on strategy and doctrine; force modernization and employment; manpower, personnel, and training; and resource management. This report offers highlights from PAF's 2011 efforts, which addressed such key issues as the need to analyze large amounts of visual data in real time, the handling of bid protests, preventing washbacks and attrition from initial skills training, the viability of alternative fuels for military aircraft, renewed concerns about nuclear deterrence, developments in cost analysis, and the importance of eliminating terrorists' safe havens.

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