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RAND was at the forefront of early computer science and information technology innovations, building computers in the 1950s to improve researchers' military modeling capabilities and developing data communications technologies that were the forerunner of the Internet. Today, RAND researchers provide objective evaluations to military leadership and recommend policies and best practices to support continued technological innovation, adoption, and protection of critical military systems.

  • A Flight Commander Course student interacts with artificial intelligence in a live simulation on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, September 27, 2019, images by A1C Ariel Owings/U.S. Air Force and Jamesteohart/Adobe Stock; design by Carol Ponce/RAND Corporation

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    Exploring the Civil-Military Divide over Artificial Intelligence

    May 11, 2022

    Artificial intelligence is anticipated to be a key capability for enabling the U.S. military to maintain its dominance. How do software engineers and other technical staff in the industry view the defense community? Are they willing to contribute to AI-related projects for military use?

  • Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and a U.S. Army captain examine a field artillery safety diagram at Yausubetsu Training Area, Japan, photo by U.S. Army

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    How Japan Can Prepare for Future Conflicts

    Jul 29, 2021

    When it comes to emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and unmanned systems, how does Japan compare to other countries? How can it deter and counter possible aggression from an adversary that is more advanced in these areas?

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