Civil-Military Relations

RAND research on civil-military relations includes studies of how a military employs civilian contractors, how military bases interact with their neighbors, and how a nation's military affects its politics—and vice versa.

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    Developing a Prototype Handbook for Monitoring and Evaluating Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Projects

    RAND developed a prototype handbook to provide humanitarian assistance project staff with an introduction to monitoring and evaluation terms, approaches, and best practices and a step-by-step user's guide for project assessment.

    Jan 18, 2011

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Before Disaster Strikes: Imperatives for Enhancing Defense Support of Civil Authorities

    The report of the "Advisory Panel on Department of Defense Capabilities for Support of Civil Authorities After Certain Incidents" provides more than 40 recommendations about how the nation can overcome obstacles that complicate the nation's ability to respond effectively to CBRNE incidents.

    Sep 1, 2010

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    Local Communities in Afghanistan Can Play Crucial Role in Improving Security

    The Afghan government and NATO can improve security in Afghanistan by leveraging traditional policing institutions in rural villages and mobilizing the population against insurgents. However, action needs to happen quickly to take advantage of a growing amount of local resistance against the Taliban across Afghanistan.

    Jul 9, 2010

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    Whither Al-Anbar Province? Five Scenarios Through 2011

    Presents a discussion of likely scenarios for Iraq's al-Anbar Province over the course of the next three years.

    Jun 25, 2010

  • U.S. soldiers on COIN operation in Iraq

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    Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Sources of Success in Counterinsurgency

    Approaches to counterinsurgency from 30 recent resolved campaigns show that good counterinsurgency practices tend to

    Jun 18, 2010

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    Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Detailed Counterinsurgency Case Studies

    Narratives on the 30 most recent resolved insurgencies, covering the period 1978 to 2008, and data on 76 factors hypothesized to be related to the success of counterinsurgency forces supplement analyses of historical and contemporary insurgencies.

    Jun 18, 2010

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    Hired Guns: Views About Armed Contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom

    While most U.S. government officials working in Iraq believe the use of armed private security contractors has been a useful strategy, many worry that the contractors have not always had a positive effect on U.S. foreign policy objectives.

    Jun 1, 2010

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    Bridging the Gap: Developing a Tool to Support Local Civilian and Military Disaster Preparedness

    This report describes the current policy context for domestic all-hazards risk-informed capabilities-based planning by local military and civilian authorities and provides a framework for a local planning support tool for their use.

    Apr 12, 2010

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    When Generals and Ambassadors Feud

    In 2007 in Iraq, Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker set a model for civil-military collaboration: They never let daylight show between their positions. In providing differing advice to Washington over troop levels in Afghanistan, General McChrystal and Ambassador Eikenberry have diverged from this model, writes James Dobbins.

    Nov 13, 2009

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    Integrating Civilian Agencies in Stability Operations

    RAND Arroyo Center examined the question of how the Army can help make key civilian agencies more capable partners in stability, security, transition, and reconstruction operations. Even without much action at the national level, the Army can still improve civilian participation in these activities.

    Aug 14, 2009

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    Reconstruction Under Fire: Unifying Civil and Military Counterinsurgency

    Effective civilian reconstruction work can help convince people to support their government against insurgency, Therefore, insurgents typically target such work, thereby threatening the civilian population. This too often results in a postponement of reconstruction efforts and/or excessive reliance on force to defeat insurgents.

    May 28, 2009

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    What Are U.S. Policy Options for Dealing with Security in Mexico?

    A RAND study identified three U.S. policy options for dealing with Mexico's deteriorating security situation, assessing their impact in terms of four priority areas and likely Mexican responses.

    Apr 23, 2009

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    Underkill: Scalable Capabilities for Military Operations amid Populations

    The U.S. military is ill-equipped to fight extremists who hide in populations. The use of deadly force can harm and alienate the people whose cooperation U.S. forces need. To solve this problem, a new RAND study proposes a ''continuum of force.''

    Mar 10, 2009

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    Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Plays Complex Role in Iran's Political, Economic, Cultural Scene

    Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has evolved to take on a greater role in the nation's political, economic and cultural arenas in addition to serving as a major military force.

    Jan 1, 2009

  • News Release

    News Release

    Changes Needed in Way the United States Conducts Military Interventions

    In preparing for possible future military interventions, the United States needs to shift substantial resources to the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, and military-civilian efforts must be integrated from top to bottom.

    Oct 2, 2008

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    Commercial Book

    After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan

    As the Bush administration's first special envoy to Afghanistan, Ambassador Dobbins helped the Afghans assemble a successor government to the Taliban. His memoir explains why the United States has failed to stabilize either Afghanistan or Iraq.

    Aug 3, 2008

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Give Them Sabbaticals

    In academia and, increasingly, corporate America, sabbaticals are a time-honored way to step aside from the daily grind and intellectually reboot. The U.S. Army should embrace something similar, writes Laura Miller.

    May 7, 2008

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    United States Lacks the Capability to Counter Insurgency in the Muslim World

    Iraq and Afghanistan have revealed serious shortfalls in the capabilities of the U.S. to counter insurgency in the Muslim world. Instead of relying predominantly on military occupation, the U.S. must become more able to bolster the ability of threatened states to win the contest for the support of their people.

    Jan 25, 2008

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    Is There a Civil-Military Gap in the United States?

    Concerns about a civil-military gap and possible erosion of the principle of civilian control of the military appear to be overstated. The groups do not differ greatly on the questions that are most pertinent to military effectiveness.

    Aug 22, 2007

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Ad Men for U.S. Defense

    Improving the U.S. military's brand identity demands more than just a catchy new slogan. While communications can help explain U.S. policies, the behavior of every soldier, sailor, airman and marine is what ultimately determines how civilians view U.S. forces, write Todd Helmus, Russell Glenn and Christopher ...

    Aug 20, 2007