Defence and Security Research

RAND Europe conducts a broad range of research for policy makers in Europe and beyond. The RAND Corporation has long been recognized for its contributions to defence and security policy. The wide-ranging experience of our researchers furthers this tradition.

With expertise on key defence topics such as as equipment acquisition and personnel policy, RAND Europe advises the UK Ministry of Defence, NATO members, and beyond. Researchers also help organisations and states develop resilience in areas including cyber and counterterror, among other issues of domestic and international concern.

Featured Research

  • Dark Web Enables Illegal Arms Trade in Europe

    The dark web is an enabler for the circulation of illegal weapons already on the black market, as well as a potential source of diversion for legally owned weapons. Although the arms trade is small in volume compared to other products trafficked online, its potential impact on international security is significant.

Selected Research

  • Opportunities for collaborative armoured vehicle investment

    09 Nov 2017

    To support the screening phase of potential collaboration opportunities carried out by the European Defence Agency, researchers are examining the potential value of cooperation in armoured vehicle programmes, including development, acquisition, operation, and support aspects.

  • Social Media in Africa: A Double-Edged Sword for Security and Development

    03 Oct 2017

    RAND is conducting research into the links between social media use and online radicalisation in six African countries. With a focus on ISIL, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the study maps governmental efforts to address the problem and sets out recommendations for policy and programming.

  • Providing Medical Support to Light Footprint Operations

    09 Jun 2017

    Within the European Common Security and Defence Policy context, many challenges preclude providing effective medical support to Light Footprint Operations. Improving standards for greater interoperability is one of many recommendations.

  • What Works in Tackling Violent Radicalisation and Extremism?

    25 May 2017

    Violent radicalisation and extremism are one of the most severe and immediate security threats facing European society today. IMPACT Europe aims to fill the gap in understanding of what works in tackling and preventing these phenomena.

  • Updating the Study on the Development of a European Cyber Defence Centre

    14 Mar 2017

    RAND Europe was asked to provide an update to the study on an EU Cyber Defence Centre for Common Security & Defence Policy crisis management operations. The project focuses specifically on education, training, evaluation and exercises in support of the European Defence Action Plan and wider EU cyber defence and cybersecurity programmes.

  • Defence Equipment Cost Escalation Requires Response Strategies

    08 Mar 2017

    The challenge of affordability is shaping the defence acquisition environment in most Western countries. Researchers identified several strategies that are transferrable from one country to another and from civil sectors to defence.

  • Understanding the Forces Influencing EDA Innovation

    06 Mar 2017

    Researchers are carrying out a study to address and analyse the innovation strategy environment, identify best practices and propose appropriate organisational structures for an EDA-led innovation platform for defence.

  • Defence and Security after Brexit

    06 Mar 2017

    Brexit may pose more immediate challenges to UK and European security rather than to defence. However, both are likely to be subject to long-term uncertainty.