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The buildings and permanent installations necessary for the support, deployment, and operation of a nation's military constitute its defense infrastructure. RAND research has examined the structure and needs of U.S. and allied military facilities, provided recommendations concerning base realignment, and investigated ways to maximize the capabilities and utilization of existing resources and to define future infrastructure needs.

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    Options for Deterring Attacks Against the Power Grid

    Jan 6, 2020

    The U.S. military relies on electric power to accomplish critical missions. And most of the electricity consumed by installations in the continental United States comes from the commercial grid. How can the Defense Department protect the power grid from physical and cyber attacks?

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    How to Protect Army Installations from Emerging Threats

    Nov 10, 2020

    Emerging technologies such as drones, 5G communications, smart city systems, and the use of social media disinformation by adversaries all pose potential threats to U.S. Army bases. A new framework can help assess possible solutions and the resources required to defend against these threats.

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    Influences on the Adoption of Multifactor Authentication

    Passwords are proving less and less capable of protecting computer systems from abuse. Multifactor authentication (MFA) — which combines something you know (e.g., a PIN), something you have (e.g., a token), and/or something you are (e.g., a fingerprint) — is increasingly being required. This report investigates why organizations choose to adopt or not adopt MFA — and where they choose to use it.

    Apr 15, 2011

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    The Effects of Changing Aircraft Carrier Procurement Schedules

    The Secretary of Defense's plans to shift Navy aircraft carrier acquisition to every five years should have little impact on force structure and the industrial base in the next decade—but after that, the force structure shrinks, as does the chance of meeting goals for the number of deployed aircraft carriers.

    Mar 21, 2011

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    A Methodology for Comparing Costs and Benefits of Management Alternatives for F-22 Sustainment

    The U.S. Air Force asked RAND Project AIR FORCE to perform a congressionally required assessment of contractor versus organic management of F-22 sustainment to determine the most cost-effective approach, the methodology for which is described here.

    Feb 16, 2011

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    Sustaining Key Skills in the UK Military Aircraft Industry

    The UK Ministry of Defence's Fixed Wing Sector Strategy Board commissioned RAND Europe to assist in the development of a strategy and sustainment plan for the military fixed wing sector.

    Jan 31, 2011

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    Sustaining Key Skills in the United Kingdom's Military Aircraft Industry

    The UK currently has the industrial skills needed to develop, produce and maintain its military aircraft, but predicted future demand for design engineering activity is insufficient to sustain a number of key skills beyond the 2010-2019 decade.

    Jan 31, 2011

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    No Direct Military Benefit from Use of Alternative Fuels by Armed Forces

    If the U.S. military increases its use of alternative fuels, there will be no direct benefit to the nation's armed forces. It makes more sense for the military to direct its efforts toward using energy more efficiently.

    Jan 25, 2011

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    Developing a Defense Sector Assessment Rating Tool

    The lack of a comprehensive tool to assess a country's defense sector and its ability to counter a range of internal security threats led to the development of the Defense Sector Assessment Rating Tool, which can be customized for a variety of goals.

    Sep 17, 2010

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    Enhancing Army Joint Force Headquarters Capabilities

    The U.S. Army needs to improve its ability to command and control joint, interagency, and multinational forces in diverse environments, and to prepare Army headquarters to perform as components of, or headquarters for, joint task forces.

    Aug 10, 2010

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    Are Law and Policy Clear and Consistent? Roles and Responsibilities of the Defense Acquisition Executive and the Chief Information Officer

    Identifies and examines sources of potential conflicts among acquisition executives and chief information officers that may arise from differences in the large and complex body of Defense Department policy that implements U.S. law.

    Aug 6, 2010

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    Navy Network Dependability: Models, Metrics, and Tools

    Develops a framework for measuring the dependability of naval networks and describes a software tool for modeling the impact that individual network components have on overall mission operational availability.

    Aug 6, 2010

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    Implications of Aggregated DoD Information Systems for Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation

    Consideration of a range of policy and implementation recommendations could permit the development of a way to certify and accredit aggregated U.S. Department of Defense information systems that meets federal requirements and protects networks.

    Mar 3, 2010

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    Incorporating Sustainability into Army Installation Plans

    Given the experiences of industry and communities, many Army installations have started to develop and implement installation sustainability plans, which document long-range plans addressing mission, community, and environmental issues developed through a strategic planning process.

    Dec 9, 2009

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    The Long March: Building an Afghan National Army

    The Afghan National Army (ANA) is critical to the success of achieving a stable Afghanistan. This monograph assesses the ANA's progress and finds that though it has come a long way since the outset of the recent conflict in the country, the United States will play a crucial role in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future.

    May 13, 2009

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    From Strategy to Implementation: The Future of the U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

    In testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, C. Christine Fair examines challenges at hand in helping Pakistan achieve stability through a civilian-controlled state, with U.S. involvement responsive to Pakistani preferences.

    May 4, 2009

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    Ensuring That Army Infrastructure Meets Strategic Needs

    Discusses how changes in U.S. national security strategy are affecting Army infrastructure needs, how well Army installations are adapting to changing strategic requirements, and issues that should be addressed in future infrastructure planning.

    Jun 24, 2008

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    Improving Strategic Planning at the Department of Defense

    The Department of Defense works continuously to improve its strategic planning for future forces. An enhanced approach utilizing portfolio-analysis methods should be particularly helpful in high-level reviews seeking to integrate requirement-setting, technology assessments, and cost analyses.

    Jan 23, 2008

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    Using and Sharing Geospatial Information in the Department of Defense

    The sharing of geospatial information provides the DoD both opportunities and challenges. Benefits include improved effectiveness resulting in better outcomes and efficiency in the form of reduced costs. Challenges include concern over security issues and technical difficulties in sharing information.

    Aug 19, 2007

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    Addressing Sprawl Issues and Protecting Biodiversity Can Benefit Military Bases

    The Defense Department's program to provide land buffers near its bases has been effective in relieving military training and testing operations from encroachment pressures, but the program's funding and activities should be accelerated before land development hinders future buffering opportunities.

    May 13, 2007

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    A Brief Analysis of the Republic of Korea’s Defense Reform Plan

    An analysis of the Republic of Korea's Defense Reform Plan.

    Jun 12, 2006

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    How Will China Respond to U.S. Military Transformation?

    China's response to U.S. national strategy and military transformation will be shaped by Beijing's key national security goals and the political and economic context within which these goals are pursued, especially in regards to Taiwan.

    Mar 7, 2006