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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.

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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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    Erik Van Hegewald

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in astronautical engineering/applied math, United States Air Force Academy

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    Jordan Willcox

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