National Security and Terrorism


RAND conducts a broad array of national security research for the U.S. Department of Defense and allied ministries of defense. Our federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) explore threat assessment, military acquisition, technology, recruitment and personnel management, counterinsurgency, intelligence, and readiness. RAND is a world leader in terrorism research. Studies address such topics as terrorism financing and strategies to undermine violent extremism.

  • Commentary

    U.S. Military Theories of Victory for a Potential War with China

    In the case of a hypothetical U.S.-China conflict over Taiwan, how might the United States prevail while also avoiding catastrophic escalation of the war?

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Report

    Has Trust in the U.S. Intelligence Community Eroded?

    An analysis of the relationship between policymakers and intelligence providers finds that the degree of perceived bias in intelligence estimates is highly dependent on the presidential administration in power. And the most common reason for bias from policymakers is the desire to minimize the appearance of dissent.

    Feb 13, 2024

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