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Civilian personnel frequently support military troops in their national security missions and participate in stabilization and reconstruction efforts around the world. RAND research has provided policymakers with assessments and recommendations on how to utilize the civilian workforce effectively in areas of planning, development, performance, talent management, accountability, and personnel benefits.

  • Woman walking through airport with luggage and an image of bombed Syrian city superimposed on the background, photos by Drazen_/Getty Images and fly_and_dive/Adobe Stock

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    Civilians Returning from War Zones Need More Support

    May 18, 2020

    Deployed civilians often work alongside the military in combat zones or other high-stress, high-risk areas. But when they return, their experience is much different. They come home to support that is often incomplete and insufficient, and sometimes entirely nonexistent.

  • Patricia Marshall, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center chief of strategy, shares information about the Defense Innovation Dashboard project with Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass at the AFWERX Austin hub, Aug. 20, 2020. During the visit, the AFWERX team showcased various initiatives aimed toward modernizing the Air Force including the AFVentures Fellowship, Agility Prime program, AFWERX internships, Spark Colliders and RAPIDx, photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter/Air National Guard

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    Maintaining a Demographically Diverse Air Force Civilian Workforce

    Sep 3, 2020

    The Air Force experiences challenges in maintaining a demographically diverse civilian workforce. How can changes to policies and practices help it grow and retain civilian talent from across all demographics?

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    Molly F. McIntosh

    Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center; Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Princeton University; M.A. in economics, Princeton University; B.A. in economics, UC Berkeley

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    Bruce R. Orvis

    Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology, University of California, Los Angeles; A.B. in psychology, University of Rochester

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    Susan M. Sohler Everingham

    Director, Innovation Architecture; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in applied mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in mathematics and biology, Williams College

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    Jeffrey B. Wenger

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; B.A. in mathematics, University of California, Santa Cruz

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    Laura Werber

    Senior Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in organizational behavior, Stanford University; B.S. in economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

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    John D. Winkler

    Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center; Senior Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in social psychology, Harvard University; B.A. in psychology, University of Pennsylvania