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RAND work on public safety issues ranges from policing and prisons to violent crime and the illegal drug trade, as well as homeland security and emergency preparedness. RAND research helps inform policy debates that are often riddled with arguments driven not by evidence but by emotion and ideology.

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    How to Harden America's Soft Targets

    Jul 5, 2017

    The U.S. government must choose where to apply limited resources to defend soft targets. But it could expand its information-sharing efforts with other governments and local law enforcement. Broad intelligence sharing and more training could help identify potential attackers before they can execute their plans.

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    U.S. Weapons Are the Main Source of Illegal Arms on the Dark Web

    Jul 19, 2017

    The dark web enables an illicit market for firearms, explosives, and ammunition. This can anonymously arm criminals, terrorists, and others. Sixty percent of the arms for sale are from the United States.

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