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The U.S. military is the largest in the world, and ensuring that its more than one million service members build knowledge, skills, and proficiency in an ever-changing military-technology environment is a considerable challenge. RAND helps to inform and improve training tools, force planning, and educational opportunities for military personnel, including the post-9/11 GI Bill for veterans.

  • Cyber warfare operators monitor cyber attacks at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Middle River, MD, December 2, 2017, photo by J.M. Eddins Jr./U.S. Air Force

    Commentary

    How the Military Might Expand Its Cyber Skills

    Apr 22, 2021

    The U.S. military will need to improve its software fluency if it wants to be dominant on the battlefields of the future. Ensuring that future leaders in the military develop cyber skills and the ability to interface with technical experts may be increasingly important.

  • An F-16 Fighting Falcon an F-35A Lightning II from Eielson Air Force Base and an F-35A from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly over the installation in Alaska, May 15, 2020. With the arrival of the F-35As, the 354th Fighter Wing is now home to fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla/U.S. Air Force

    Report

    Fighter Basing Options to Improve Access to Advanced Training Ranges

    Feb 5, 2021

    The U.S. Air Force has determined that its fighter pilots do not currently have sufficient access to training ranges that are capable of representing advanced potential adversaries. What squadron restationing and range upgrade policies maximize access to advanced training ranges?

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  • An Army depot machinist fabricates a piece of equipment

    Tool

    Essential Skills Veterans Gain During Professional Military Training

    A concise reference card that identifies many of the skills that transitioning service members and veterans have learned in professional military training programs serves as a resource for leaders and hiring managers.

    Apr 29, 2016

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    Report

    Enhancing Space Resilience Through Non-Materiel Means

    Because changes to space systems are costly, the Air Force asked RAND to identify non-materiel means -- doctrine, organization, training, leadership and education, personnel, facilities, and policy -- to enhance resilience.

    Apr 28, 2016

  • Garuda Shield 2014 Blackhawk familiarization training

    Brochure

    RAND Arroyo Center Annual Report 2015

    This annual report describes RAND Arroyo Center's research activities in FY 2015, highlights areas of research focus, and summarizes recent publications.

    Mar 30, 2016

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    Report

    Consolidating Air Force Maintenance Occupational Specialties

    This report examines the cost and readiness implications of consolidating maintenance occupational specialties for new and legacy mobility fleets. Implications are derived from an assessment conducted for the KC-135 fleet.

    Mar 9, 2016

  • Dissertation

    Dissertation

    Improving the Cost Efficiency and Readiness of MC-130 Aircrew Training: A Case Study

    Examines the respective effects on costs and readiness of existing and potential MC-130 aircrew continuation training policies.

    Dec 18, 2015

  • Report

    Report

    Reducing Air Force Fighter Pilot Shortages

    Examines potential paths for overcoming the persistent and critical shortage of fighter pilots that the Air Force has faced over the past several decades.

    Nov 24, 2015

  • Report

    Report

    Improving Development Teams to Support Deliberate Development of Air Force Officers

    This report examines the ways development teams assist Air Force officers with their professional development and assesses the future of these teams.

    Nov 24, 2015

  • Periodical

    Periodical

    RAND Review: November-December 2015

    This issue reports on efforts to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce; uptake of buprenorphine as a recovery drug for those addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers; ways to combat poppy cultivation in Afghanistan; and more.

    Oct 19, 2015

  • Snippet of IG-124, Translating Veterans' Training into Civilian Job Skills, infographic by RAND Corporation

    Infographic

    Translating Veterans' Training into Civilian Job Skills

    Military forces are trained in both technical specialties and "soft" skills that are vital to success in the civilian sector. This infographic translates examples of soft skills taught in the military into essential civilian workforce competencies.

    Oct 12, 2015

  • A maintenance instructor points out features of a remotely piloted aircraft

    Tool

    Air Force Commander's Guide to Diversity and Inclusion

    This tool explores definitions of diversity and inclusion, examines their importance to the Air Force, and describes how to create a diverse workplace and foster diversity leadership.

    Sep 25, 2015

  • U.S. and Spanish Marines signal acknowledgement

    Report

    A Building Partner Capacity Assessment Framework: Tracking Inputs, Outputs, Outcomes, Disrupters, and Workarounds

    This report presents a framework intended to help with planning for building partner capacity events, monitoring progress while the effort is in progress, and assessing results.

    Aug 21, 2015

  • Nepalese soldiers unload aid and relief supplies from a UH-1Y Venom in the Kavrepalanchowk District, May 11, 2015

    Report

    What Works Best When Building Partner Capacity in Challenging Contexts

    When forced to build partner capacity in challenging contexts, what can the United States do to maximize the prospects for success?

    Aug 21, 2015

  • Tool

    Tool

    A Commander's Guide to Hazing Prevention

    This tool provides a short overview of hazing for military commanders and was derived from research documented in Hazing in the U.S. Armed Forces: Recommendations for Hazing Prevention Policy and Practice.

    Aug 11, 2015

  • Recruits watch an anti-hazing presentation in San Diego, California, November 2012

    Report

    Hazing Prevention in the U.S. Armed Forces

    An examination of hazing policy and practices across the U.S. armed services aims to help the Department of Defense build a more systematic approach to hazing prevention and response.

    Aug 11, 2015

  • U.S. Army Forces Command hosts academic dialogue with strategic studies Ph.D. candidates

    Commentary

    Political Scientists and the Military

    For civilian academics interested in bridging the political science–military gap, five recommendations to acquire basic information about the military could encourage improved interaction, better policy-relevant scholarship, and an enhanced policy process.

    Aug 10, 2015

  • Afghan Road Maintenance Team members learn proper weapon firing positions during a combat skills class taught by International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces at Forward Operating Base Kutschbach, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2010

    Report

    Building Special Operations Partnerships

    Building the capacity of Afghan special operations forces (SOF) is a key goal of the U.S. and its coalition partners. An analysis of partnering practices from case studies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Colombia helps identify best practices to benefit the development of Afghan SOF, as well as partnerships beyond Afghanistan.

    Jul 31, 2015

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    Report

    Key Skills and Competences for Defence: Annex E

    This is Annex E of the non-public final report of a study commissioned by the European Defence Agency (EDA) with the aim of defining and identifying the key skills for defence; Annex E provides the case studies investigated during the study.

    Jul 30, 2015

  • Report

    Report

    Key Skills and Competences for Defence: Annex B

    This is Annex B of the non-public final report of a study commissioned by the European Defence Agency (EDA); the annex details current and prospective European equipment programmes.

    Jul 30, 2015

  • Report

    Report

    Key Skills and Competences for Defence: Annex C

    This is Annex C of the non-public final report of a study commissioned by the European Defence Agency (EDA); Annex C details education courses for key skills and competences for defence,

    Jul 30, 2015

  • Report

    Report

    Key Skills and Competences for Defence: Annex D

    This is Annex D of the non-public final report of a study commissioned by the European Defence Agency (EDA) with the aim of defining and identifying the key skills for defence ; Annex D provides the taxonomy of key skills and competences.

    Jul 30, 2015