The Marine Corps says a company of 14 M1A1 Abrams tanks along with 115 Marines to crew them will be deployed to southwest Afghanistan next month. Learn more in the DoD Report
Bill Welser, co-author of ”Confronting Space Debris” from RAND Corporation joins the Federal Drive with information on how DARPA and RAND are trying to clean the solar system
A study released Tuesday by the RAND Corporation finds that DoD’s programs for developing renewable fuels will provide no military advantage. It also questions whether the Defense Department should be conducting the research at all.
Pentagon study says coordination missing between the more than 200 programs devoted to brain injuries and psychological health.
Martin Libicki of Rand Corp talks about the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill. Dov Zakheim reviews what DoD Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel can expect from Congress. Attorney Mark Schamel explains how the Defense Authorization Bill helps off-duty law enforcement agents. Erik Olson of the Pew Health Group discusses new food safety rules issued by the FDA. John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service previews the SAMMIE nomination process. Katherine McFate discusses OMB Watch’s name change.
The stresses and trauma of war are not limited to military personnel on the battlefield. Defense contractors exposed to combat zones exhibit similar rates of mental health problems as members of the military, according to a report by RAND Corporation.
Over the past few years, there’s been no shortage of frightening assessments warning the U.S. faces a serious shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. But a brand new report from the RAND corporation offers a fresh take. After an exhaustive review of existing literature and interviews with cyber experts, researchers concluded the situation right now is pretty dire, particularly in the federal government. But there’s also cause for optimism. Both the public and private sectors have already begun to respond to the shortage, and the problem may eventually solve itself. It’s just a matter of how long it takes. Martin Libicki, senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation and co-author of the report, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the broader picture behind the numbers.
A pay freeze can force almost 10 percent of your agency’s workforce out the door. The RAND Corporation says a permanent three year pay freeze led to a 7 percent decline in the ranks of the General Schedule. Beth Asch is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. She joined Francis Rose on In Depth to discuss the impact of pay freezes on federal employee retention.
Retirement benefits in the military have one thing in common with Social Security and Medicare: they’re budget time bombs yet no one in Congress has the nerve to touch them. Still, numerous proposals for reforming military compensation have been put forth. One of the most comprehensive comes from the RAND Corporation. Beth Asch is a senior economist at RAND, and she joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how to make military pay less costly and more equitable.
Maureen Casey with JP Morgan Chase and Company, and the Rand Corporation’s Dr. Margaret Harrell, join host Derrick Dortch to talk about a new report that looks at lessons learned from a program that helps veterans find jobs in private sector. November 21, 2014 (Encore presentation November 28, 2014)