Air Defense

As aviation technology has advanced, the ability to defend a country’s air space has become increasingly important. RAND research has evaluated aircraft options and costs, defensive systems and strategies, deployment, and the importance of international partnerships in an effort to help the U.S. and allied air forces assess and enhance their ability to combat enemy air strikes — for national defense as well as in military operations around the globe.

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    Diplomatic Aspects of Soviet Air-Defense Policy, 1950-1953

    The study examines in detail the ingenious diplomatic formula which the Soviets used to describe and justify their action against planes that threatened to intrude upon their air space.

    Oct 15, 1954

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    Intelligence Value of Soviet Notes on Air Incidents, 1950-1953

    The author attempts to determine individually the Russian intentions behind the air incidents and the degree of concern felt by USSR policymakers over the possible political consequences of their action.

    Oct 15, 1954

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    Soviet Reaction to Border Flights and Overflights in Peacetime

    The research memorandum examines the purposes behind Soviet military, diplomatic, and propaganda response to alleged and actual violations of its borders in different historical periods and in different strategic contexts.

    Oct 15, 1954

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    Lodar

    This memorandum describes in general terms a system by which early warning can be given of approaching aircraft.

    Jul 23, 1954

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    U.S. Active Air Defense, 1956-1960: Attrition and Target Damage Estimates

    Discusses aspects of the active air defense of the continental United States.

    Dec 31, 1953

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    Social Interaction

    A paper which describes a systematic procedure for analyzing social interaction and compares what is known about the interaction process with some features of an air defense network.

    Dec 31, 1953

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    A summary of Recent thought in Sweden on Western defense by James J. Robbins

    A summary of James J. Robbins' book, Recent Thought in Sweden on Western Defense. The writings considered, which are those of Swedish military commentators, discuss the strategic position of Sweden, air power and the influence of nuclear weapons, and...

    Dec 31, 1953

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    Tracking and smoothing accuracy with digital C.D.S.

    A discussion of the accuracy achievable with a semi-automatic digital track-while-scan system (e.g., the Comprehensive Display System described in the Michigan Air Defense System Proposal). In addition, the extent to which accuracy requirements can ...

    Dec 31, 1952

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    Natalie W. Crawford

    Senior Fellow; Distinguished Chair in Air and Space Policy; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A. in mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles; Honorary Ph.D. in engineering, Michigan State University; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Public Policy, Pardee RAND Graduate School

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    Chaitra M. Hardison

    Associate Director of the RAND Arroyo Center's Personnel, Training, and Health Program; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Senior Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Minnesota; B.A. in psychology, University of California, Berkeley

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    Chad J. R. Ohlandt

    Senior Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and scientific computing, University of Michigan; M.S. in aerospace engineering, Pennsylvania State University; S.B. in astronautical engineering, M.I.T.

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    Michael Spirtas

    Associate Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center; Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in international relations, Columbia University

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    James Williams

    Senior Engineer
    Education M.S. in aerosystems engineering, Loughborough University; B.S. in aerospace engineering, University of Virginia