U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Visits RAND

RAND Support for the National Defense Strategy Apr 29, 2020 RAND thought leaders and analysts have helped U.S. defense leaders prepare and execute the National Defense Strategy. This brief describes RAND's contributions to shaping the 2018 NDS, as well as ongoing contributions to Defense Department efforts.

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RAND Visit by U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

RAND Calendar of Events >Visit by U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper speaks to the men and women of the North American Aerospace Defense Command during a change of command ceremony Photo by Thomas Paul/U.S. DoD When Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern11:00 a.m. Pacific How to Attend Attendance to this event is limited. Please use this form to request a link: Request a Link About the Event U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will visit the RAND Corporation's Santa Monica headquarters. Secretary Esper will give brief remarks regarding the security competition with China and the state of the United States' defense industrial base. Proceedings will be livestreamed to a limited audience. Request a Link online to attend.

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Role of Allies and Partners in U.S. Military Strategy and Operations Is Topic of RAND Expert Congressional Testimony

Who Christine Wormuth, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation, will testify before the House Armed Services Committee on the role of allies and partners in U.S. military strategy and operations. What Wormuth will discuss: America's global network of alliances and partnerships the challenges ahead to the U.S. national security approach, including growing threats from China and Russia a need for a comprehensive plan to adapt and revitalize the U.S. network of alliances and rebalance America's military footprint overseas. When 12 p.m., ET, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 Interviews To arrange an interview, contact the RAND Office of Media Relations:(703) 414-4795 or(310) 451-6913, orsend an email to media@rand.org. About the RAND Corporation The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

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New Game, the First Offered by RAND to Public, Challenges Players to Design Defense Strategies for Uncertain World

For Release TuesdaySeptember 22, 2020 The RAND Corporation has released a boxed version of Hedgemony: A Game of Strategic Choices that researchers originally developed to help the Pentagon craft its capstone guidance document, the 2018 National Defense Strategy. It is the first wargame offered by RAND to the public and carries a $250 price tag. RAND's history of designing wargames dates to just after World War II. Unlike other games, which typically focus on a particular conflict, Hedgemony gives players a bird's-eye perspective on how tradeoffs among force structure, posture, modernization, and readiness can affect the United States' ability to accomplish its strategic objectives. The game's name, pronounced heh-JEM-uh-nee, is a play on the word hegemon and the need to hedge those tradeoffs against a dynamic world. “Hedgemony provided the National Defense Strategy writing team with a sandbox for comparing different strategic defense approaches,” said Michael Spirtas, a designer of the game and associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. “The team used the game to examine how each strategic approach might play out over time and under different conditions—for example, a world engulfed in civil wars, or a world where one country might be acting in an extremely aggressive manner.” The players in Hedgemony are the United States—specifically the Secretary of Defense—Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and U.S. allies. Play begins amid a specific global situation and spans five years. Each player has a set of military forces, with defined capacities and capabilities, and a pool of renewable resources. Players outline strategic objectives and then must employ their forces in the face of resource and time constraints, as well as events beyond their control. “The world is driven by a tremendous amount of uncertainty, and the best way to deal with that is a hedging strategy,” said Michael Linick, another of the game's designers and a senior defense research analyst at RAND. “Hedgemony forces players to take on a hedging strategy against what might happen in the future, and how the future might develop.” Linick said many people involved with developing strategy at the Pentagon have a fundamental understanding of one of the four critical activities the defense secretary can affect with his or her budget: the military's size, readiness level, modernization level, or posture. But they typically lack awareness or a nuanced understanding of the other three or how they interact. Hedgemony seeks to enable a more holistic understanding of the big strategic questions, in a rigorous and repeatable way. In addition to current policymakers, the target audience for the game includes war colleges, universities, and other institutions that teach defense policy and strategy—and wargame hobbyists everywhere. “Considering how useful Hedgemony was to the team charged with one of the most challenging tasks in the Department of Defense, it occurred to us that the game could be an excellent training tool for the next generation of military strategists and decisionmakers,” Spirtas said. “It could be a great addition to the curriculum of those responsible for educating students, officers, policy makers or analysts about how to think about national strategy and the military's role in it.” Other designers of the game are John Yurchak, Yuna Wong, Stephen Dalzell, and Yvonne K. Crane. Funding to develop the boxed version of the game, which includes a rulebook, player guide, and glossary of terms and abbreviations, was provided by gifts from RAND supporters and income from operations. About the RAND Corporation The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

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What Role Should Allies and Partners Play in U.S. Military Strategy and Operations?

Hedgemony: A Game of Strategic Choices In this tabletop military strategy game, players represent the United States, its allies, and its key competitors. They must use “hedging” strategies and decide how to best manage their resources and forces.

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RAND Remote Series: Tackling an Evolving Pandemic

RAND Multimedia >Tackling an Evolving Pandemic Join us here for this conversation on October 22nd at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET. The novel coronavirus, first detected in late 2019, continues to cause widespread illness and death, economic devastation, and long-term uncertainty throughout the world. As we look toward 2021, what can we expect? In this video conversation, Jennifer Bouey will discuss RAND’s rapid COVID-19 response, including insights and analysis to help strengthen and safeguard communities, rethink and retool institutions, and determine the best ways forward. She will talk about what we’ve learned, and what the coming months might bring as the crisis continues to unfold and evolve. Brandon Baker hosts. Learn More COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from RAND Apr 10, 2020 RAND research and expertise can inform immediate policy responses to address the disastrous effects of COVID-19—and help aid in recovery long after the disease stops spreading. Who Would Benefit from a Successful Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine? China, one of the world's largest producers of vaccines, could be among the first to produce one for COVID-19. If that happens, then would China be able to produce sufficient doses for domestic use? And which other countries would likely benefit? COVID-19 Screening in the Workplace Workplaces are checking for COVID-19 symptoms verbally, with a paper form or app, with onsite temperature checks, or by combining these approaches. Which methods are likely to detect infection and help employees feel safer? And which are safe, feasible, and least problematic in terms of privacy? China's Health System Reform and Global Health Strategy in the Context of COVID-19 In response to SARS, China restructured its public health system in 2004. It has also prioritized health care system reforms over the past decade. What are the implications of these developments on China's response to COVID-19? And how can the United States engage China in global pandemic response?

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