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RAND has performed analyses for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) since it became an independent nonprofit organization in 1948. Today, RAND Project AIR FORCE conducts research on such topics as ways USAF can attract future leaders, how it can best acquire new equipment, and how it can best organize its active and reserve units.

  • Eleven U.S. vessels steam in formation while U.S. Navy and Department of the Air Force aircraft fly overhead during the Valiant Shield 2020 exercise

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    U.S.-China Competition in the Indo-Pacific

    Nov 12, 2020

    An effort from RAND Project AIR FORCE examines the competition for influence between the United States and China. How do we assess how well the United States is doing relative to China, and which country has more influence in the Indo-Pacific region?

  • U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jason Armagost, commander of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, talks with a Qatari Emiri Air Force dignitary at the Qatar Emiri Air Force Family Cultural Exchange at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 1, 2017. The cultural exchange, hosted by the QEAF, was a relationship building event that gave families and members of Qatari, U.S. and coalition forces an opportunity to interact and learn about each others cultures. The event included cultural exhibits, regional animals, local food, games for children and more, photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson/U.S. Air National Guard

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    Human Aspects of Air Force Operations

    Nov 30, 2020

    The special operations community has focused on leveraging human-focused capabilities, but the conventional Air Force has yet to fully embrace human aspects of military operations. Is there a need for a joint warfighting domain focused on human aspects of military operations?

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