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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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.

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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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