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Battle Networks: The Three Part Series

Militaries use battle networks to detect what is happening on the battlefield, process that data into actionable information, decide on a course of action, communicate decisions among forces, act on those decisions, and assess the effectiveness of the actions taken. Battle networks are sometimes referred to as the “sensor-to-shooter kill chain” (or just the “kill […]

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Commercial Space Remote Sensing and Its Role in National Security

Over the past two decades, the pace of innovation in the commercial space remote sensing industry has accelerated. The capabilities provided by commercial firms can be used to complement government space systems across a wide range of national security missions and fill in gaps in capabilities where the U.S. government has lagged. The challenge for […]

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The ASAT Prisoner’s Dilemma: Making the Case for U.S. Leadership and a Unilateral Moratorium on Kinetic-Energy Anti-Satellite Testing

On the 15th anniversary of the first post-Cold War kinetic-energy ASAT test, it’s time for the U.S. to take a stance    two RAND researchers structured the fundamental tenets in game theory of what later became known as “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” – a description of a situation in which two perfectly rational actors, ignorant of […]

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Battle Networks and the Future Force: Part 1

As the first in a series that explores the future of battle networks in the U.S. military—what has become known as Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2)—this paper examines the importance of battle networks to modern military operations and presents a framework of five functional elements that make up a battle network. This framework provides a common basis for conceptualizing and comparing existing systems and proposed new capabilities in terms of how they contribute to JADC2. 

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Rethinking the Role of Remotely Crewed Systems in the Future Force

driven by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), many senior military and political leaders lamented the effects these cuts were having on the U.S. military. In a major speech on national security during the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump called for significant increases in the military and promised to “submit a new budget to […]

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West Coast Aerospace Forum: An Air and Space Force Designed for the Future

Hosted ByThe RAND Corporation

The West Coast Aerospace Forum is an annual conference co-sponsored by the CSIS Aerospace Security Project, the RAND Corporation, the Aerospace Corporation, and the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. This year’s event will be hosted at RAND’s Santa Monica headquarters. The West Coast Aerospace Forum provides a rare chance to engage with some of the […]

Time7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LocationRAND Headquarters
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