RAND Review: Gays in the Military, Home Health Care, Police Recruitment

In This Issue (Volume 35, Number 1: Spring 2011)

RAND Review: Spring 2011
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The latest RAND report on gays in the military sits in front of General Carter Ham, commander of the United States Army Europe and cochairman of the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group, during the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on December 2, 2010.

Cover Story

Gays in the Military: Eventually, New Facts Conquer Old Taboos

In one respect, the story of RAND’s long involvement in the issue of gays in the military is one of endurance, showing how a government contractor can do things that a government cannot always do for itself. In another respect, the story is one of gleaning new information and placing it into a useful context.

Features

Shifts in Responsibility: Global Trends Presage New Era in Home Health Care

Telemedicine

Home health care technologies, from simple diagnostic tools to advanced telemedicine solutions, have the potential to help sustain health care systems threatened by rising costs and personnel shortages.

Most Wanted: Law Enforcement Agencies Pursue Elusive, Qualified Recruits

Police

Police chiefs today face a threefold challenge in recruiting and retaining officers: attrition resulting from budget crises and baby-boomer retirements, generational trends restricting the flow of applicants, and expanded duties requiring more officers with a greater breadth of skills.

Online Exclusives

From Management to Recovery: Emerging Approaches to Serious Mental Illness

Nathaniel Ayers

A performance by acclaimed musician Nathaniel Anthony Ayers highlights a RAND Policy Forum on the management of serious mental illness.

Likely Effects of the New U.S. Health Reform Law

Graph

Seven graphs show key effects of the new U.S. health reform law: increased rates of coverage, different mixes of coverage, less spending for businesses, and more spending for government.

Publisher's Page

James A. Thomson

Ongoing Treatment: RAND Can Help Rein In U.S. Health Care Costs

“RAND is ready, willing, and able to play a leading role in this effort,” says RAND President James A. Thomson.

Message from the Editor

Taboos, Stigmas, and Sacred Cows

Truth might hurt, but not nearly as much as falsehoods often do.