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Adequate military facilities are critical for the support, redeployment, and operation of military forces. RAND research has examined the structure and needs of such facilities for U.S. and allied military forces, provided recommendations concerning base realignment, and investigated ways to maximize the capabilities and utilization of existing resources and to anticipate future facility-related requirements.

  • MNF-S forces defend Panama Canal during PANAMAX exercise, photo by TSgt Heather Redman/DVIDS

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    Valuing Air Force Electric Power Resilience

    Jun 3, 2019

    How well do current Air Force processes evaluate power resilience investments? A proposed framework identifies cost- and performance-related information in a clear manner that facilitates decisionmaking.

  • Old Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) Fort Sam Houston, photo by Beth E. Lachman

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    Improving Army Installation Facility and Land Use Deals and Partnerships

    Sep 16, 2019

    Army installation facility and land use deals and partnerships can provide substantial benefits such as include saving costs and improving installation operations. What are the most promising approaches and practices that can be used to develop and implement these deals and partnerships?

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  • Crew chiefs from the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform checks on a B-52H Stratofortress during a recent Bomber Strategic Aircraft Regeneration Team (BSART) exercise here Jan. 28. The BSART involves more than 250 personnel who are forward deployed to an undisclosed location to set up an alternative deterrent base to service and refit aircraft for future strike missions.

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    The Posture Triangle: A New Framework for U.S. Air Force Global Presence

    U.S. Air Force (USAF) global posture — its overseas forces, facilities, and arrangements with partner nations — faces a variety of fiscal, political, and military challenges. This report seeks to identify why the USAF needs a global posture, where it needs basing and access, the types of security partnerships that minimize peacetime access risk, and the amount of forward presence that the USAF requires.

    Dec 5, 2013

  • The last C-130E Hercules at Hurlburt Field, Fla., prepares for its final take off March 4, 2013, prior to retirement

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    Replacing the C-130E

    The C-130 fleet performs critical air mobility functions for the nation, but part of that fleet is at risk from age-related factors. Which alternative aircraft would provide the required performance at lowest cost?

    Aug 20, 2013

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    An Assessment of the Army's Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning Program

    U.S. Army Special Operations Command asked RAND Arroyo Center to assess its Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning (THOR3) program and identify opportunities for improvement in a range of priority areas.

    Jun 19, 2013

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    Key Trends That Will Shape Army Installations of Tomorrow

    Assesses how future trends external to Army installations may affect the Army's ability to provide quality installation services and infrastructure.

    Jun 6, 2013

  • world map showing U.S. overseas bases

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    The Strategic Benefits, Risks, and Costs of U.S. Military Presence Overseas

    While the DoD is under pressure to reduce costs, meaningful savings from overseas posture changes would require choosing from a small set of options, each presenting benefit trade-offs. U.S. military presence contributes to assurance of allies, deterrence, contingency responsiveness, and security cooperation.

    Apr 29, 2013

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    U.S. Overseas Military Posture: Relative Costs and Strategic Benefits

    In an environment of fiscal constraints and shifting strategic needs, policymakers should carefully weigh the strategic capability effects, relative costs, and risks associated with potential changes to U.S. overseas military posture.

    Apr 29, 2013

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    Obtaining Life-Cycle Cost-Effective Facilities in the Department of Defense

    The Department of Defense constructs, operates, and maintains numerous facilities. This report shares RAND's description and assessment of the process used to obtain life-cycle cost-effective facilities and how it affects construction options.

    Mar 5, 2013

  • Satellite image of the United States at night

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    Capabilities-Based Planning Can Enhance Energy Security at DoD Installations

    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.

    Feb 20, 2013

  • The Netzaberg military family housing area

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    Exploring the Association Between Military Base Neighborhood Characteristics and Soldiers' and Airmen's Outcomes

    This report explores how neighborhood theory and social indicators research shed light on quality of life in and around military bases, gaps in the methodology, and how a more in-depth analysis of military installations could be conducted.

    Jan 24, 2013

  • One of a flight of F-5A Freedom Fighter,armed with 500-pound bombs,refuels from a KC-135 tanker somewhere over Vietnam in February 1966.

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    U.S. Global Defense Posture, 1783–2011

    Debates over the U.S. global defense posture are not new. As policymakers today evaluate the U.S. forward military presence, it is important that they understand how and why the U.S. global posture has changed in the past. This historical overview has important implications for current policy and future efforts to develop an American military strategy, in particular the scope, size, and type of military presence overseas.

    Jan 14, 2013

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    Looming Strategic Choices for U.S. Overseas Military Presence

    Since World War II, the United States has relied on a global network of military bases and forces to protect its interests and those of its allies. But the international environment has changed greatly and economic concerns have risen, leading some to debate just what America's role should now be in the world.

    Sep 12, 2012

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    Looming Strategic Choices for U.S. Overseas Military Presence

    Since World War II, the United States has relied on a global network of military bases and forces to protect its interests and those of its allies. But the international environment has changed greatly and economic concerns have risen, leading some to debate just what America's role should now be in the world.

    Sep 11, 2012

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    Optimizing the Defense Language Institute English Language Center

    Presents an assessment of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC), which trains foreign nationals in English prior to their attending U.S. military education and training courses.

    Aug 30, 2012

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    Funding Ammunition Ports

    The U.S. Army's two ammunition ports -- Military Ocean Terminal Concord and Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point -- have different funding approaches and accounting systems, and a central question is what the most appropriate financial structure should be.

    May 9, 2012

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    Improving Joint Expeditionary Medical Planning Tools Based on a Patient Flow Approach

    The authors propose a planning concept for U.S. military expeditionary medical care that promotes patient flow rate as the common unit of measurement for treatment and evacuation functions.

    Apr 24, 2012

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Assessing the Needs of Service Members and Their Families: A New Approach

    Describes a new survey design framework that is centered on what service members and their families believe are their greatest needs.

    Nov 21, 2011

  • Veteran returning home hugging his daughters

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    A New Approach for Assessing the Needs of Service Members and Their Families

    A survey tool based on a new methodological framework can be used by the Department of Defense and local military commanders to gauge the problems and problem-related needs of service members and their families, how well those needs are being met, and the barriers and bridges to accessing services.

    Nov 21, 2011

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    Research Brief

    Collaboration Between Army Installations and Energy Utility Companies

    Explores how the Army can improve collaboration with utility companies to reduce energy consumption on its installations and help meet other Army energy goals.

    Oct 26, 2011

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    Beneficial Collaboration Between Army Installations and Energy Utility Companies

    U.S. Army installation energy costs around the globe totaled more than $1.2 billion in 2010. Collaborating with energy utility companies could help the Army to decrease energy usage, lower costs, and meet legislative mandates. The benefits for utility companies include energy conservation and support for renewable energy technologies.

    Oct 26, 2011

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    Preserving Range and Airspace Access for the Air Force Mission: Striving for a Strategic Vantage Point

    Air Force range managers schedule the infrastructure and airspace needed for realistic testing and training activities, which requires adequate information about the proposed maneuvers, the acceptable context, and understanding of the goals.

    May 17, 2011