Major Combat Operations

  • A Filipino worker cleans the statue of late U.S. General Douglas MacArthur October 7, 1994 for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landing of U.S. and allied troops on Leyte island in the Japanese-occupied Philippines during World War II


    John Gordon Receives Arthur Goodzeit Book Award for 'Fighting for MacArthur'

    John Gordon won the 2011 Arthur Goodzeit Book Award for Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps' Desperate Defense of the Philippines, a World War II history. The award was presented by the New York Military Affairs Symposium.

    Jun 8, 2012

  • Soldiers assigned to a survey team from Task Force Castle survey a proposed site for a new observation post in Afghanistan, July 11, 2008


    Army Networks Enable Shared Situational Awareness and Unity of Action

    The ability of U.S. forces to gather, process, and disseminate battlespace information in a networked fashion has given them an advantage in major combat operations. The Army should extend the network to lower echelons; expand it to include host nation, coalition, and other U.S. government partners; and invest more time in developing informal networks.

    Mar 13, 2012

  • Report


    Flawed Strategy, Not a 'Failure of Air Power,' Led to Israel's Disappointing Performance in 2006 Lebanon War

    Israel's disappointing performance in its war against Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006 did not reflect a "failure of air power," but rather a failure of Israel's political and military leaders to properly assess the enemy, set achievable goals, apply an effective strategy and adequately manage public expectations.

    May 23, 2011

  • News Release

    News Release

    Americans Will Back Military Action Overseas If They Believe the United States Has "Important Stakes" in a Battle

    Americans Will Back Military Action Overseas If They Believe The United States Has 'Important Stakes' in a Battle

    May 29, 2005

  • Commentary


    Mao as Guide to Fight in Iraq

    And strange as it may seem, a look at the thoughts of Chairman Mao on battling an occupying army from 66 years ago may help us make some educated guesses about the challenges facing the United States and the next government of Iraq.

    Jan 4, 2004

  • Report


    Evaluating Intelligence Systems that Support Deep Fires

    This report presents an analytic approach that could simulate the development of combat intelligence about the deep battlefield and compare the performance of alternative intelligence systems to support Deep Fires.

    Oct 1, 1989

  • Report


    Theaterwide Tactical Fighter Combat Operations Model (TAFCOM): A Program Description

    An updated programmer's manual for TAFCOM, which simulates large-scale air attack; it can handle thousands of aircraft with hundreds of bombers attacking tens of targets and penetrating through up to 20 air defense systems of varying effectiveness.

    Jan 1, 1969

  • People


    Abby Doll

    Codirector, Center for Gaming; RAND Liaison for U.S. Army Pacific; Policy Analyst
    Education B.A. in political science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; M.A. in international affairs, Texas A&M University

  • People


    Jeff Hagen

    Senior Engineer
    Education M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics, University of Washington; B.S. in engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

  • People


    Karl P. Mueller

    Senior Political Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate Schiool
    Education Ph.D. in politics, Princeton University; B.A. in political science, University of Chicago