Military Intelligence


Military intelligence includes information on other countries' military forces, plans, and operations gained through a variety of collection methods. RAND analyzes this intelligence to help civilian policymakers and military leaders understand political and military trends around the world, the sources of potential regional conflict, and emerging threats to the global security environment, and provides recommendations on how best to employ information-gathering techniques and technologies.

  • Syrian residents watch as U.S. troops patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria, November 4, 2018


    Intelligence Losses Pose Large Risks as U.S. Troops Head Home

    Jan 24, 2019

    Departing theaters such as Syria and Afghanistan carries a host of associated risks, challenges and potential benefits. Leaders would be well served to factor into the debate the importance of U.S. intelligence collection capabilities, its connection to U.S. presence overseas and its role in anticipating current and future threats.

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    Research Brief

    Improving Intelligence Support for Operations in the Information Environment

    Dec 17, 2020

    Challenges to effective intelligence support for operations in the information environment (OIE) can be addressed by improving processes, prioritizing support for OIE, training and educating personnel, and optimally allocating personnel.

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    Christopher A. Mouton

    Senior Engineer; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. and Ph.D. in aero/astro engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech); B.S. in aero/astro engineering, University of Texas

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    Christopher Paul

    Senior Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Erin Rebhan

    Head of Strategic Communications, RAND National Security Research Division
    Education Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara; B.A. in Spanish and Geology, St. Norbert College

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    Carl Rhodes

    Director, RAND Australia
    Education Ph.D. and M.S. in chemical engineering, California Institute of Technology; B.S. in chemical engineering, Stanford University

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    David Stebbins

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in international affairs, Columbia University; B.A. in social science, Castleton State College

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