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Blockade of Taiwan by China would be ‘power grab,’ says researcher

There are several things China could do to pressure Taiwan, short of full-scale invasion, including cutting off the island in a type of blockade. Bradley Martin, director of the RAND National Security Supply Chain Institute and senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, wrote a report on this topic. Martin said this would be a […]


North Korea seeks to escalate tensions through missile tests: Policy analyst

North Korea recently test fired eight short-range ballistic missiles from several locations toward the sea. U.S. and South Korean officials say these tests might culminate in a nuclear test explosion. Soo Kim, policy analyst at RAND Corporation and former analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, said North Korea’s goal is to escalate tensions with South […]


US position on no-fly zone sends wrong message, argues political scientist

Ukrainian President Zelensky has asked the United States many times to declare a no-fly zone over his country. So far, the answer has been no. Raphael Cohen, director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program of Project AIR FORCE at the RAND Corporation, argues it was a mistake to take that option off the table. Cohen […]


DoD exhibits pattern of flawed procedures regarding civilian harm, says defense researcher

Last month, Defense Secretary Austin directed the department to create an action plan on civilian harm mitigation and response. Michael McNerney, acting director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation, has conducted an independent assessment of DoD processes and policies relating to civilian casualties resulting from U.S. military operations. McNerney […]


Supporting military commanders is essential for stopping extremism, says sociologist

The Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and other attacks have raised questions as to why current and former military members would associate with extremist movements. A RAND Corporation report, “Reducing the Risk of Extremist Activity in the U.S. Military,” outlines how the Defense Department can combat domestic extremism among service members. Marek Posard, military […]


Report finds US relations with China are heading towards greater instability

As Great Power Competition intensifies with China and Russia, the Defense Department looks to add military capabilities, but rivals remain stable and avoid war for a variety of reasons. Michael Mazarr, senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and co-author of the report “Stabilizing Great-Power Rivalries,” said he and his colleagues found multiple variables indicate […]


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 […]

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