Energy Security


Because most of the world's oil and natural gas resources are concentrated in a small number of countries, many nations have economic, social, and geopolitical concerns about energy dependence. RAND research explores options for improving energy security—e.g., the use of domestically available alternative or renewable energy sources.

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    Capabilities-Based Planning Can Enhance Energy Security at DoD Installations

    Feb 20, 2013

    Energy security strategies are needed because DoD installations rely on the U.S. commercial electricity grid which is vulnerable to disruption from natural hazards and actor-induced outages, such as physical or cyber attacks.

  • A young man in drought conditions in Ethiopia


    The Hot Spots of the World

    Oct 13, 2016

    Scarcity of food, energy, and water endangers the lives of millions. So RAND created a tool with the potential to help make aid initiatives more effective.

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    Bryan Boling

    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; MSc in aerospace engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; BS in mechanical engineering, University of California, Berkeley

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    Jon Freeman

    Research Group Director, Defense, Security and Infrastructure, RAND Europe
    Education D.Phil. in chemistry, University of York, UK; B.Sc.(Hons.) in chemistry, University of York, UK

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    Kyle Haak

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in physics, U.S. Air Force Academy

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    Debra Knopman

    Principal Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in geography and environmental engineering, Johns Hopkins University; M.S. in civil engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A. in chemistry, Wellesley College

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    Krista S. Langeland

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education A.L.B. in natural sciences, Harvard University; Ph.D. in materials science, California Institute of Technology

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    James D. Powers

    Quality Assurance Manager, RAND National Security Research Division; Senior Engineer
    Education B.S. in engineering, MIT; M.S. in engineering, UC Berkeley; Ph.D. in engineering, UC Berkeley

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    Richard Silberglitt

    Senior Physical Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in solid state physics, University of Pennsylvania; B.S. in physics, Stevens Institute of Technology; M.S in physics, University of Pennsylvania

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    Rachel M. Swanger

    Associate Dean, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in Japanese studies and international economics, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in history, The College of Wooster

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    Kristin Van Abel

    Senior Technical Analyst
    Education M.S. in environmental science, UC Santa Barbara; B.S. in biology, UC Santa Barbara