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RAND research addresses the challenges of developing, managing, and protecting energy, transportation, water, communications, and other critical infrastructure throughout the world.

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    The Downside of a Lean Electric Grid

    Oct 13, 2020

    The electric grid is central to U.S. national security. Recent disasters provide an object lesson of the downsides of leanness. It is more costly to be less lean, but given our absolute dependence on the electric grid and the increasing prevalence of disasters, safety and resilience may be greater priorities than running lean.

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    Insuring Public Buildings, Contents, Vehicles, and Equipment Against Disasters

    Oct 9, 2020

    What insurance and financial risk management practices do state and local governments employ for buildings, contents, vehicles, and equipment, and what role does Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance play in these decisions?

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