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.

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    Examples of Why Gender Diversity Matters in Military Missions

    Studies suggest that peace and security efforts are more likely to succeed when women play a role in them. Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) is the recognition of women's impact on peace and security decisionmaking, and the disproportionate impact that conflict has on women. WPS principles and gender perspectives have been applied in DoD mission areas.

    Oct 18, 2023

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    Could Artificial Intelligence Be Misused to Plan Biological Attacks?

    Previous biological attacks that failed because of a lack of information might succeed in a world in which AI tools like large language models could bridge that gap. And given the rapid evolution of AI and biotechnology, governmental capacity to understand or regulate them is limited.

    Oct 16, 2023

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