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Pentagon develops options as tensions increase between China and Taiwan

Tensions continue to rise between China and Taiwan over disputed islands in the South China Sea. If China attacks Taiwan, how would leaders at the Pentagon respond? Timothy Heath, senior international defense researcher at the RAND Corporation, explained that Beijing has not given up hope of incorporating Taiwan into China even though Taiwan has been […]


Risk from threats to Global Positioning System technology is exaggerated, says engineering expert

Military services say they will rely on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to fight the future fight, but the department may be leaving better, less fragile technology on the table. Richard Mason, senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, said risks and disruption from jamming of GPS systems tend to be overstated. Mason said backup technology […]


Investing in civilian infrastructure has spillover effects on national security, says policy expert

The Biden administration will propose a budget of $753 billion for national security when it sends its official budget request to Congress later this month, $715 billion of which is for the Defense Department. This is restarting discussion of where money comes from for defense. Miranda Priebe, Director of the Center for Analysis of U.S. […]


OSTP looks to update the R&D Strategic Plan

Daniel Gerstein, senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and author of “The Story of Technology,” discusses the state of R&D in the federal government, and how policy needs to address new research needs.


Biggest defense & national security stories of 2018

Kate Kidder, associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, Capt. Jerry Hendrix (USN, Ret.), VP of the Telemus Group, and Col. Dan Merry (USAF, Ret.), VP of government relations at the Military Officers Association of America, discuss the year’s top defense news, and what to look for in 2019.

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