Military Information Technology Systems


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.

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    Thinking Machines Will Change Future Warfare

    Jan 27, 2020

    Until now, deterrence has been about humans trying to dissuade other humans from doing something. But what if the thinking is done by AI and autonomous systems? A wargame explored what happens to deterrence when decisions can be made at machine speeds and when states can put fewer human lives at risk.

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    How Artificial Intelligence Could Increase the Risk of Nuclear War

    Apr 24, 2018

    Advances in AI have provoked a new kind of arms race among nuclear powers. This technology could challenge the basic rules of nuclear deterrence and lead to catastrophic miscalculations.

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    Applications for Navy Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Evaluates the U.S. Navy's ongoing and proposed unmanned aircraft system (UAS) programs and describes the most promising applications of those UASs to the Navy's operational tasks.

    Jun 8, 2010

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    Implications of Aggregated DoD Information Systems for Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation

    Consideration of a range of policy and implementation recommendations could permit the development of a way to certify and accredit aggregated U.S. Department of Defense information systems that meets federal requirements and protects networks.

    Mar 3, 2010

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    Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional) Decision Support

    This monograph addresses objectives, missions, tasks, and capabilities for the Air Force's new organization to address cyberspace issues (currently 24th Air Force), applying ''to fly and fight'' to cyberspace.

    Feb 24, 2010

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    Human Capital Management for the USAF Cyber Force

    Identifies and analyzes the human capital management issues associated with the creation of a formal organization dedicated to cyberspace capabilities within the U.S. Air Force.

    Feb 22, 2010

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    Designing Systems to Guard Against Terrorist Attacks

    When designing systems to protect people and places against terrorist attacks, government officials should take into account that terrorists actively seek and find ways around defensive measures deployed against them.

    Jan 29, 2007

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    Software Cost Estimation and Sizing Methods: Issues and Guidelines

    Recommends an approach to improving the utility and accuracy of software cost estimates by exposing uncertainty (in understanding the project) and reducing the risks associated with developing the estimates.

    Jul 25, 2005

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    Opportunities Created by GPS for U.S. Defense, Commercial, and Foreign Policy Interests

    Since the Global Positioning System (GPS) was originally deployed to aid U.S. armed forces in navigation and position location, it has evolved into a resource supporting civil, scientific, and commercial functions—from air traffic control to the Internet—with precision location and timing information.

    Dec 1, 1995

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    The MIND System: A Grammar-Rule Language

    Description of the MIND Grammar-Rule Language (MGRL), including parsing procedure and grammar rules.

    Jan 1, 1970

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    The Systems Research Laboratory and Its Program

    This memorandum describes a research program and the laboratory in which the program is being pursued.

    Jan 7, 1952

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    Nahom M. Beyene

    Education Ph.D. in rehabilitation sciences, University of Pittsburgh; MSEng in biomechanical engineering, Stanford University; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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    James Dimarogonas

    Senior Engineer; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education PhD in systems science and applied mathematics, Washington University; MSc in mechanical engineering, Washington University; BSc in mechanical engineering, Washington University; MBA in public policy, University Of California Irvine

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    Curt Havard

    Director, IT Infrastructure Operations
    Education BA in business/information technology, California Lutheran University

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    Jacob L. Heim

    Defense Policy Researcher
    Education B.A. in mathematics, Amherst College; M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University

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    Thomas Goughnour

    Policy Researcher
    Education M.A. in economics, George Mason; B.S. in economics, University of Pittsburgh; B.A. in philosophy, University of Pittsburgh

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    Igor Mikolic-Torreira

    Senior Fellow; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in mathematics, California Institute of Technology; B.A. in mathematics, Sacred Heart University

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    Joel B. Predd

    Director, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center; Senior Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Princeton University; B.S. in electrical engineering, Purdue University

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    Erik Silfversten

    Senior Analyst
    Education M.Sci. in international relations and global issues, University of Nottingham

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    Sarah Soliman

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.Phil. in technology policy, University of Cambridge; B.S. in computer engineering, West Virginia University; B.S. in biometric systems, West Virginia University

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    Jordan Willcox

    Defense Analyst
    Education B.A. in international relations, Connecticut College; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University