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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    The U.S.–China Rivalry in a New Medieval Age

    Trends like weakening governments and fragmenting societies suggest that the era of industrial superpowers is over and we've entered a new medieval age. The U.S.-China rivalry may have more in common with the fitful conflicts of the 14th century than with the cataclysmic world wars of the 20th.

    Mar 19, 2024

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    How Veterans Describe Their Support for Extremist Groups and Beliefs

    Interviews with U.S. veterans explore their endorsement of extremist beliefs, their experiences in the military and in transition to veteran status, and the path to their current political and ideological perspectives. Many reported a negative or traumatic life event while serving.

    Apr 9, 2024

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