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Cost growth in the development and fielding of technologically advanced weapon systems has become a major economic burden for many nations and is expected to be an enduring and prevalent problem. RAND research has provided cost analyses and recommendations to help policymakers and military leaders develop improved cost-estimating tools and formulate policies that mitigate cost growth in military technology acquisition practices.

  • Cyber warfare specialists engage in weekend training at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, Maryland, June 3, 2017, photo by J.M. Eddins Jr./U.S. Air Force

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    The Defense Industrial Base Needs a Cyber Protection Program

    Mar 30, 2020

    The unclassified networks of defense industrial base firms have become a target for adversaries seeking to steal sensitive data, trade secrets, and intellectual property. How can the U.S. Department of Defense better secure these networks?

  • A Skyborg conceptual design for a low-cost attritable unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), image by Air Force Research Laboratory

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    Military Applications of AI Raise Ethical Concerns

    Apr 28, 2020

    Artificial intelligence offers great promise for national defense. For example, a growing number of robotic vehicles and autonomous weapons can operate in areas too hazardous for soldiers. But what are the ethical implications of using AI in war or even to enhance security in peacetime?

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  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    A Policy Direction for the Global Positioning System: Balancing National Security and Commercial Interests

    The evolution of GPS into an information system with a substantial international user community has raised complex policy questions for U.S. decisionmakers on a variety of issues affecting national defense, commerce, and foreign policy.

    Jan 1, 1995

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    Modeling Global Positioning System Effects in the TLC/NLC Model

    Presents a design for incorporating Global Positioning System (GPS) into RAND's theater-level combat or nonlinear combat (TLC/NLC) model, which is used for policy analysis of military operations.

    Jan 1, 1994

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    Tactical Satellite Orbital Simulation and Requirements Study

    Documents the results of a preliminary analysis of space communications requirements employing scenarios for military operations in three widely separated geographical areas where U.S. contingency operations could occur.

    Jan 1, 1993

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    A Rate Integrating Fiber Optic Gyro

    In the past, fiber optic gyros have generally been viewed as angular rate sensors. However, for inertial navigation purposes, a rate integrating gyro characteristic is desired.

    Jun 1, 1991

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Extended Environmental Performance of Attitude and Heading Reference Grade Fiber Optic Rotation Sensors

    The paper examines the current status of Litton's design approach to the attitude-and-heading reference system interferometric fiber-optic gyro (IFOG).

    Feb 1, 1991

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    Cooperative Intelligence for Remotely Piloted Vehicle Fleet Control: Analysis and Simulation

    Groups of agents (human or machine) can solve shared tasks effectively by applying cooperative intelligence.

    Jan 1, 1986

  • Report

    Report

    Commercial and Military Communication Satellite Acquisition Practices

    ... tests the contention that the commercial sector consistently manages acquisition programs better than the military.

    Jan 1, 1985

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    Report

    Computers and National Security.

    Discussion of the impact of computers since World War II on military decisions and national defense. Computers have pervasive roles in military operations and management--on-board devices, communications, command and control, intelligence, logistic ...

    Jan 1, 1972

  • Report

    Report

    The MIND System: A Grammar-Rule Language

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

    Jan 1, 1970

  • Report

    Report

    Strength, Interest and New Technologies

    In what ways will technical change alter the interests that join or divide various nuclear and non-nuclear countries, and how will it alter the likely outcomes of potential conflicts among them?

    Jan 24, 1968

  • Report

    Report

    A ''Flash Bulb'' Approach to Some Vietnam Defense Problems

    A scheme for using directed, high-intensity light flashes to reduce the efficiency of Viet Cong night attacks.

    Jan 1, 1967

  • Report

    Report

    A Briefing on the Distributed Adaptive Message-Block Network

    A description of the use in military communications of a distributed network in which each station is connected only to those nearest to it.

    Jan 1, 1965

  • Visualization of information tracking

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    Cost Estimate

    The tenth in a series of 11 memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, this volume provides a cost estimate for the proposed system, based on an arbitrary network configuration of 400 switching nodes, servicing 100,000 simultaneous users via 200 multiplexing stations. Assuming a usable life of ten years, all costs are estimated at about $60,000,000 per year.

    Jan 1, 1964

  • Circuit board technology concept

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    History, Alternative Approaches, and Comparisons

    The fifth in a series of 11 memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, this volume acknowledges the efforts of people in many fields working toward the development of large communications systems where system reliability and survivability are mandatory.

    Jan 1, 1964

  • Network illustration

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    Introduction to Distributed Communications Networks

    The first in a series of 11 memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, this volume introduces the system concept and outlines the requirements for and design considerations of the distributed digital data communications network. It considers especially the use of redundancy as a means of withstanding heavy enemy attacks.

    Jan 1, 1964

  • Abstract network data visualization

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    Tentative Engineering Specifications and Preliminary Design for a High-Data-Rate Distributed Network Switching Node

    The seventh in a series of 11 memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, this volume considers the specifications of the proposed system's switching node. Timing calculations, together with a projected implementation scheme, provide a strong foundation for the belief that the construction and use of the node is practical.

    Jan 1, 1964

  • Digital network communication concept

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    The Multiplexing Station

    The eighth in a series of 11 memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, this volume describes the multiplexing stations which connect subscribers to the switching nodes. The network will simultaneously process traffic from up to 1024 separate users sending a mixture of start-stop teletypewriter, digital voice, and other synchronous signals at various rates.

    Jan 1, 1964

  • An abstract digital world map focused on Europe with communication lines

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    Priority, Precedence, and Overload

    The fourth in a series of 11 memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, this volume discusses the creation of dynamic or flexible priority and precedence structures within a communication system handling a mixture of traffic with different data rate, urgency, and importance levels.

    Jan 1, 1964

  • Abstract waves

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    Mini-Cost Microwave

    The sixth in a series of 11 memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, this volume examines the technical feasibility of constructing an extremely low-cost, all-digital, X- or Ku-band microwave relay system, operating at a multi-megabit per second data rate.

    Jan 1, 1964

  • Abstract network illustration

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    Digital Simulation of Hot-Potato Routing in a Broadband Distributed Communications Network

    The second in a series of 11 memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, this volume describes a computer simulation of the message routing scheme proposed. The basic routing doctrine permitted a network to suffer a large number of breaks, then reconstitute itself by rapidly relearning to make best use of the surviving links.

    Jan 1, 1964