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    How Climate Change Will Affect Conflict and U.S. Military Operations

    Climate stress will become more intense and frequent throughout CENTCOM's area of operations. It may be called upon less to fight wars and more to airdrop humanitarian supplies or evacuate people from disaster zones. It should also plan to contribute to stability operations in the region.

    Mar 15, 2024

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    Improving the Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places

    Attacks on U.S. soft targets and crowded places are rare for a country of more than 330 million people, but they still result in significant loss of life and generate widespread fear. A layered approach to security helps improve the chances that an attack will be stopped or mitigated.

    Mar 27, 2024

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    Developing Practical Responses to Social Media Threats Against K–12 Schools

    Schools and law enforcement must devote significant resources to tracking down the source of threats of violence made on social media. And the resulting disruptions take an emotional toll on students, teachers, and staff. What can schools do to mitigate the impact of these threats?

    Apr 10, 2024

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    Some Veterans Who Express Extremist Ideologies Had Negative Experience During Service

    Interviews with military veterans who expressed support for extremist groups or related beliefs on a prior survey show that many experienced a significant negative event during their military service.

    Apr 9, 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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    Informing the Gun Policy Debate

    RAND's Gun Policy in America initiative provides information on what scientific research can tell us about the effects of gun laws. Our goal is to establish a shared set of facts that will improve public discussions and support the development of fair and effective gun policies.

    Apr 2, 2024

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    Online Tool Shows Firearm Mortality Rates by State

    Explore how rates of firearm deaths in the United States have changed in the past four decades and how the pattern differs among states.

    Apr 2, 2024

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    News Release

    Online Tool Allows State-by-State Analysis of Firearm Death Rates over 40-Year Period

    Firearm homicides have risen faster relative to the overall national trend in states such as Wisconsin, Delaware, and Minnesota, while firearm suicides have risen faster in Alaska, North Dakota, and Montana. A new tool allows users to examine state-level firearm death rates over the past four decades.

    Apr 2, 2024

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    Visualizing Firearm Mortality and Law Effects

    The Firearm Law Effects and Mortality Explorer provides information about the distribution of firearm deaths across states and demographic subgroups and allows users to explore how those deaths might be affected by the implementation of a set of commonly enacted state firearm laws.

    Apr 2, 2024

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    Changes in State Firearm Mortality

    This visualization provides users with information about the rates of firearm deaths from homicides, suicides, and accidents in the United States from 1979 to 2020.

    Apr 2, 2024

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    Report

    Public Perceptions of 5G Technologies

    Researchers reviewed various stakeholders’ perceptions of fifth-generation (5G) technology and how they could affect homeland security uses of such technology. This report documents their findings and recommendations.

    Mar 20, 2024

  • Israeli and American flags are flown near the U.S. Capitol during a rally in support of Israel and protest against antisemitism in Washington, D.C., November 14, 2023, photo by Tom Brenner/Reuters

    Commentary

    Next Steps for the U.S. Strategy to Counter Antisemitism

    On May 25, 2023—before Hamas's October 7 attack on Israel—the Biden administration released a document laying out a strategy to counter antisemitism. What is the meaning and relevance of pursuing this strategy now? And how can policy analysis guide its implementation?

    Mar 5, 2024

  • Journal Article

    Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Effects of State Firearm Laws: A Systematic Review Subgroup Analysis

    In this systematic review, we synthesized available evidence on the extent to which firearm policies produce differential effects by race and ethnicity on injury, recreational or defensive gun use, and gun ownership or purchasing behaviors.

    Mar 4, 2024

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    Commentary

    Support for Veterans Leaves Rape Victims Behind

    Far too many survivors of military sexual trauma are unable to access the generous benefits available to those injured by enemies overseas. Survivors are already far less likely to qualify for the full range of benefits and services available to those injured in combat, and the United States is doing nothing to rectify this injustice, allowing further inequities to fester.

    Feb 2, 2024

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    Looking Back on the Big Policy Stories of 2023

    As 2023 draws to a close, RAND president and CEO Jason Matheny highlights areas where RAND is tackling the most urgent and complex problems we face. Each is a small reminder that where there are thoughtful people working tirelessly to find solutions, there is hope.

    Dec 14, 2023

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    Preventing Domestic Violent Extremism: Insights from RAND Research

    RAND researchers Pauline Moore, Todd Helmus, and Alexandra Evans discuss the complex challenges of countering domestic violent extremism in the United States. Their research offers insights into trends, key actors in the extremist community, and factors that lead to joining or leaving extremist groups.

    Nov 30, 2023

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    Assessing Shifts in U.S. Department of Homeland Security Targeted Violence Prevention Efforts Through Early 2022

    This report characterizes changes made in U.S. Department of Homeland Security efforts to prevent targeted violence, including the extent of change and how those changes responded to concerns about efforts to counter violent extremism.

    Nov 30, 2023

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    The Israel-Hamas War Has Upended the Terrorist Threat Matrix

    Today's terrorist threat matrix seems more like an abstract expressionist painting. To those accustomed to traditional landscapes, it is difficult to discern what it depicts. The fighting in Gaza may well provoke terrorist repercussions beyond the region, the magnitude and shape of which will depend on the course of the conflict.

    Nov 22, 2023

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    RAND Research on Harmful Interpersonal Behaviors

    The U.S. Department of the Air Force seeks to prevent harmful interpersonal behaviors among airmen and guardians and keep victims of these behaviors safe. This document provides an overview of selected work that RAND has conducted in this area.

    Nov 16, 2023

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    RAND Review: November-December 2023

    Features explore the use of psychedelics to address depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders among veterans, and the prevalence of food insecurity among active-duty military families and veterans.

    Nov 9, 2023