Research Projects on Defence and Security

  • Identifying conflict-affected and high-risk areas for EU importers of minerals

    RAND Europe is developing and maintaining an updated list of conflict-affected and high-risk areas to facilitate the calibration of due-diligence efforts made by EU importers of specific metals and minerals.

    29 Sep 2023

  • Developing the Defence Guidance for Integrated Working

    RAND Europe and Opimian Ltd developed the Defence Guidance for Integrated Working for defence personnel. It is designed to increase the effectiveness of collaborative working between Defence and Partners Across Government.

    27 Jun 2023

  • Creating operational advantage through military diversity

    Advances in technology have made warfighting more complex and the range of skills required more diverse. Researchers examined how increasing workforce diversity may create strategic opportunities for military organisations.

    24 Aug 2022

  • Exploring the security implications of a Chinese developed and governed transcontinental power grid

    Researchers from RAND Europe and RAND Corporation will assess global security risks stemming from a potential Chinese developed and governed Global Energy Interconnection that would directly connect renewable producers to consumers around the globe.

    21 Jul 2022

  • Securing future defence supply chains against Black Swan disruptions

    Supply chains are highly vulnerable to events that are unexpected and difficult to plan for but may have far-reaching and catastrophic consequences. Researchers will explore how to design resilient defence supply chains that are secure from these 'Black Swan' events.

    21 Jul 2022

  • Human security and the 2022 NATO Strategic Concept

    RAND Europe brought together over forty experts from across military, government, academia, think tanks, and civil society for a seminar to explore the concept of human security and its applications at NATO now and in the future.

    15 Jun 2022

  • Understanding the lived experience of non-UK veterans

    To help the UK Office for Veterans’ Affairs develop policies that support former Service personnel who come from outside of the UK, researchers are interviewing members of the community to understand their needs and experiences.

    15 Apr 2022

  • The evidence on measures to prevent and mitigate terrorism attacks using vehicles

    Researchers identified legal, practical and technological challenges to preventing vehicular terrorism and offered an assessment of future threats and vulnerabilities.

    08 Mar 2022

  • Future uses of space out to 2050

    To support the UK's National Space Strategy and ensure that it is more ‘future proof’, researchers recommend the UK work more closely with allies, foster innovation, and more.

    02 Mar 2022

  • Realising the ambitions of the UK’s Defence Space Strategy

    Researchers examined the factors influencing the implementation of the Defence Space Strategy to 2030 as well as the unique attributes of the UK space enterprise—including its strengths and weaknesses. They include a decision support tool to help decision makers navigate capability management choices along the 'own-collaborate-access' framework articulated in the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy.

    17 Feb 2022

  • UK strategy for the High North: Navigating a changing environment

    Researchers offer a perspective on how the UK could maximise its influence in the High North through enhanced cooperation across government and within multilateral fora in order to tackle environmental and geopolitical changes in the region.

    02 Feb 2022

  • How do the UK's potential adversaries approach multi-domain integration in defence?

    To influence the development of the UK’s approach to multi-domain integration, a series of case studies explored Russia, China, Iran and North Korea’s approaches to integrating activities across maritime, land, air, space, cyber and electromagnetic warfare, as well as across government and with external allies, partners and industry.

    20 Jan 2022

  • Integrating channels of communication to achieve influence

    Researchers are identifying strategies, approaches, methods and tools that UK Defence can implement to design multi-channel influence campaigns aimed at overseas audiences, comprising both online and offline forms of communication, and developing ways to monitor and measure the campaigns' effectiveness..

    05 Jan 2022

  • Understanding how acts of violence are classified

    How experts classify an act of violence is driven by knowledge of the perpetrator’s motivation, recognition of the ideology, and availability of information on mental health and social media use. Public perception, knowledge of available definitions and the classifier’s own background also influence classification.

    26 Oct 2021

  • How UK Defence could support societal resilience to crisis events

    Researchers developed a conceptual framework that includes three phases of societal resilience: Prepare, Respond and Recover. The team identified a set of proposals to help UK Defence improve how it conceptualises and operationalises societal resilience.

    21 Oct 2021

  • Achieving global mobility for the UK Armed Forces

    Researchers propose a range of options that could help the UK MOD meet its global mobility requirements between now and 2040 while offering the mobility fleet both effectiveness and resilience.

    14 Oct 2021

  • Helping local authorities to support members of the armed forces community

    The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Strengthening Delivery Programme had a positive impact, and local authorities that received grants to implement and improve service delivery viewed the funding as essential to the gains achieved. Researchers will now evaluate the continuation programme.

    01 Sep 2021

  • Protecting human rights in the digital age

    Interventions to foster and strengthen safeguards for human rights in the digital age take place in a rapidly evolving technology, political and socio-cultural landscape. Several overarching principles could inform and guide organisations' capacity-building efforts.

    04 Aug 2021

  • Innovative technologies shaping the 2040 battlefield

    Technological change alone is unlikely to fundamentally alter the nature of the future battlefield but will continue to shape the character of warfare. The full effect of technological advances may only materialise in conjunction with enabling infrastructure or other technologies and, in Europe, may be shaped by EU-specific enablers and barriers.

    04 Aug 2021

  • The challenges and opportunities of strategic airlift in Africa

    A complex mix of global and geographically specific challenges inhibit the coordination and optimisation for airlift into the African theatre. Researchers explored the potential use of other modes of transport to create multi-modal solutions.

    22 Jul 2021