Oct 6, 2017
The cover story on Hidden Heroes spotlights the changing makeup of America's present-day military caregivers — a group that is in many ways different than their pre-9/11 counterparts. A second feature showcases RAND-Lex, a computer program built at RAND, that brings together social science and computer science to make meaning out of huge data sets of text: The program has already shed light on how terrorists communicate online, how Russian internet trolls operate, and how the American public thinks about health. A Q&A with physical scientist Abbie Tingstad explores the implications of climate change on Arctic cooperation. The Voices column features Lara Schmidt on how the Girl Scouts' new cybersecurity badges — which will expose girls to information-age concepts and challenges — signal a potentially giant leap for women. The Giving column features the Cyrus and Michael Tang Foundation, whose generous $3 million gift has established the Tang Chair in China Policy Studies at RAND.