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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.

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    Directed Energy: The Focus on Laser Weapons Intensifies

    Directed energy weapons offer a more cost-efficient means of dealing with fast-proliferating threats. If the technology can be matured, such systems could tip both the military and economic calculus of modern warfare in their users' favor.

    Jan 25, 2024

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    Private-Sector Innovation Could Help Defend Taiwan

    In the event that China invades Taiwan, there are technological solutions that could be deployed quickly—before 2027—and that have the potential to make a game-changing impact on the ability of the United States and Taiwan to defend against aggression.

    Mar 5, 2024

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