For decades, RAND has conducted extensive research to help U.S. and allied decisionmakers design training and career development programs that will attract and retain military professionals capable of meeting a nation's national security and defense goals.
Over the past decade, U.S. Marine Corps intelligence has had to tailor its organization to meet the evolving demands of the operational environment. A broad review of its design examined how to align it efficiently and effectively with current and future missions and functions.
The Air Force needs to develop a second occupational competency, or a paired skill, in many of its future colonels and generals so they can fill leadership jobs that require competency beyond their primary occupational backgrounds.
The financial costs of graduate education are difficult to recoup, but the Navy benefits from broadly educating its officers. The skills and general knowledge thus gained add value throughout a career, particularly one headed for flag rank.
Examines options for improving current Defense Department security cooperation organization and practices at the country team level, particularly in countries that are threatened by insecurity or instability.
Comparisons of military wives with a group of similar civilian wives show that the former have a much greater tendency to be underemployed. However, there does not seem to be a strong link between military wives' labor force position and satisfaction with their life situation.
Focusing primarily on the officer structure, provides a brief primer on the specialty-classification system, summarizes major changes in progress or planned, and suggests additional changes based on interviews and comparative analyses.
A simulation model is used to assess the complexity and feasibility of managing the new general and flag officer end- and grade-strength accounting rules of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009.
As part of an effort examining officer development in joint matters, the authors use data analysis and complex modeling to identify billets that provide and/or require joint experience and to assess the supply and demand of joint officers.