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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.

  • Russian Mi-28N helicopters fly in formation at the Dubrovichi range near Ryazan, Russia, August 2, 2015, photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

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    Where Russia Markets and Sells Advanced Conventional Weapons

    Jun 11, 2021

    Russia uses arms exports to further relations with other countries, influence their political and military leaders, and further its broader foreign and defense policy goals. A series of maps show the extent of its marketing, negotiating, and sales of key weapons systems.

  • Two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors fly over Joint Base Langley-Eustis’ Felker Army Airfield at Fort Eustis, Virginia, June 12, 2018. Felker Army Airfield represents the success of consolidating Army and Air Force operations through a joint base as the airfield continues to support aerial missions while being operated by the Air Force’s 1st Operations Support Squadron, photo by Tech. Sgt. Natasha Stannard/U.S. Air Force

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    Winning the Battle of the Airfields

    Feb 24, 2021

    Airfields have long been recognized as essential military facilities. And combatants have gone to great lengths to destroy enemy aircraft on the ground and to deny the use of airfields through attacks. What enduring lessons do RAND's seven decades of work on air base defense and attack provide?

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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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    Preservation of Tactical Air Combat Potential in Western Europe: Guided Missile Defense Potential

    An investigation of surface-to-air guided missiles as a means of augmenting Allied tactical air bases in Western Europe from 1955 to 1958.

    Sep 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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    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.

    Jan 1, 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.

    Jan 1, 1954

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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...

    Jan 1, 1954

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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 ...

    Jan 1, 1953

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    The Cost of Decreasing Vulnerability of Air Bases by Dispersal: Dispersing a B-36 Wing

    A study which examines the cost of decreasing the vulnerability to air attack of a B-36 wing by dispersal.

    Jun 1, 1952

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    RAND Air Defense Analysis

    This short report summarizes RAND's work on the defense of the United States from attack by nuclear-armed bombers. The focus of the paper is on the structure and assumptions underlying the analysis.

    Mar 9, 1951

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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

    Senior Behavioral Scientist; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Minnesota; B.A. in psychology, University of California, Berkeley

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    Karl P. Mueller

    Senior Political Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in politics, Princeton University; B.A. in political science, University of Chicago

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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

    Acting Associate Director, RAND National Security Research Division; Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in international relations, Columbia University

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    Stephen M. Worman

    Codirector, RAND Center for Gaming; Associate Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in public & international affairs, University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in strategic studies, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in political science, Quinnipiac University