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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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    Relating Ranges and Airspace to Air Combat Command Missions and Training

    Ranges and airspace for Air Force training purposes are scarce resources for which the Air Force must present a rigorously defensible claim.

    Jan 1, 2001

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    A Decision Support System for Evaluating Ranges and Airspace

    Ranges and airspace for Air Force training purposes are scarce resources. RAND and the Air Combat Command developed an analytic structure containing a joint mission framework, training requirements, infrastructure requirements, and the current infrastructure

    Jan 1, 2001

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    Research on Mitigating the Insider Threat to Information Systems - #2: Proceedings of a Workshop Held August, 2000

    This is the second in a series of conference reports on the topic of R&D initiatives to mitigate and thwart the insider threat to critical U.S. defense and infrastructure information systems.

    Jan 1, 2000

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    Measuring National Power in the Postindustrial Age

    Appreciating the true basis of national power requires not just a meticulous detailing of military assets but also a scrutiny of larger capabilities. The aptitude for innovation, the nature of social institutions, and the quality of the knowledge base may affect a country's capacity to produce effective military power.

    Jan 1, 2000

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    Securing the U.S. Defense Information Infrastructure: A Proposed Approach

    The authors analyze the concept of a minimum essential information infrastructure (MEII) in light of the characteristics of the national information infrastructure and the nature of various types of information warfare attacks.

    Jan 1, 1999

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    Using the Force and Support Costing System: An Introductory Guide and Tutorial

    The Force and Support Costing (FSC) System is a set of models and databases that helps analysts project the cost implications of proposed changes in defense forces, infrastructure, and assets.

    Jan 1, 1999

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    Infrastructure Reform: Golden Goose or False Hope?

    This document describes strategies for streamlining Department of Defense (DoD) infrastructure in order to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The authors conclude that DoD will have to create a panoply of incentives to achieve desired savings.

    Jan 1, 1997

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    A New Nuclear Infrastructure

    Early in the study, it became clear that all the options for accomplishing DNA's functions had to be assessed in the broader context of the emerging national security environment and the overall nuclear infrastructure.

    Jan 1, 1994

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    An Assessment of Defense Nuclear Agency Functions: Pathways Toward a New National Nuclear Infrastructure for the Nation

    This report evaluates options for carrying out functions of the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA).

    Jan 1, 1994

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    Rick Eden

    Associate Director, RAND Office of Research Quality Assurance; Adjunct Member, Human Subjects Protection Committee; Senior International/Defense Researcher
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in English Language and Literature, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in English and linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Scott W. Harold

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D., M.A. in political science, Columbia University; B.A. in international relations, Michigan State University

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    Michael E. Linick

    Senior International / Defense Researcher
    Education BA in politics, University of California, Santa Cruz; MA in national security, Georgetown; MA in security studies, Army War College; MA in world politics, Catholic University

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    Rebecca Lucas

    Analyst
    Education M.Phil. in defence studies, King's College London; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science with honors, Wellesley College

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    Yun Kang

    Associate Director, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center; Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, MIT

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    Weilong Kong

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A., University of Southern California; B.Ec. in finance, Renmin University of China

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    Anu Narayanan

    Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in applied mathematics, University of Texas at Austin

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    Michael J. Neumann

    Director of Operations, RAND Project AIR FORCE
    Education M.A. in national security studies, Georgetown University; B.S. in journalism, Northwestern University

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    Theodora Ogden

    Research Assistant
    Education M.Sc. in crisis & security management, Leiden University; L.L.M. in human rights law, Birkbeck College, University of London; B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) in international relations and politics, The University of Manchester

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    Eric Peltz

    Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations
    Education M.B.A. and M.S.E. in industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan; B.S.E. in systems engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point

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    Katherine Pfrommer

    Quantitative Analyst
    Education M.S. in public policy/admin/analysis, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in economics, Allegheny College