Politics of Ukrainian Reconstruction
When fighting subsides, Ukraine may undergo reconstruction on the scale of the post – World War II Marshall Plan. Debate is ramping up about core issues, such as the scope of reconstruction, sources of funding, and reforms needed for success. Ukraine and the West might begin now to forge consensus on these issues. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 30, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Howard J. Shatz; Khrystyna Holynska; William Courtney Source Type: blogs

Five Factors to Watch as the Chinese Communist Party Faces Protests
It may be too soon to compare protests against China ' s zero-COVID policy to the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement. But looking back to 1989 still provides valuable insights into what might happen next. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 30, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Amanda Kerrigan Source Type: blogs

Intelligence Work Is Exciting. And Traumatizing
The intelligence community needs to communicate to its workforce about the varied forms of trauma, how it affects individuals, and what resources exist to help. Protecting the intelligence workforce can help protect us all. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 30, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Heather J. Williams Source Type: blogs

As F-15s Leave Okinawa, an Opportunity to Change Indo-Pacific Air Tactics with Unmanned Options
As it considers its future force mix and posture in the Indo-Pacific region and elsewhere, the U.S. Air Force has options that go beyond traditional platforms. Among them are rapidly maturing concepts for generating and sustaining high-tempo operations in forward areas with autonomous, runway-independent air vehicles. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 28, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: David A. Ochmanek Source Type: blogs

Taiwan, Putin's Holy War, Mining the Moon: RAND Weekly Recap
This weekly recap focuses on why China likely won ' t attack Taiwan anytime soon, Vladimir Putin ' s“holy war” in Ukraine, why it ' s time to make rules for space-mining, and more. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 25, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs

Working Moms' Winter Math Is Getting Tougher
Working mothers remain disproportionately responsible for raising children, and no one can work and take care of sick kids at the same time. In the coming months, the tripledemic of COVID, the flu, and RSV will pull a lot of working mothers out of the office for days at a stretch, compounding the obstacles that women already face. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 22, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Kathryn A. Edwards Source Type: blogs

Russian Aircraft Keep Crashing. Could Sanctions Be the Cause?
At least six fixed-wing Russian aircraft have crashed over Russian-controlled airspace since September. Sanctions placed on Russia by the West could well be affecting Russia ' s ability to manufacture and maintain parts needed to keep aircraft safe. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 22, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Michael Bohnert Source Type: blogs

What's the Harm in Talking to Russia? A Lot, Actually
Despite the way it is commonly portrayed, diplomacy is not intrinsically and always good, nor is it cost-free. In the Ukraine conflict, the problems with a push for diplomacy are especially apparent. The likely benefits of negotiations are minimal, and the prospective costs could be significant. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 22, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Raphael S. Cohen; Gian Gentile Source Type: blogs

Is Seabed Mining an Opportunity to Break China's Stranglehold on Critical Minerals Supply Chains?
China dominates global supply chains for nearly all critical mineral resources, including the rare earths that power decarbonization technologies. Seabed mining may be a way to diversify critical minerals supply chains and break China ' s stranglehold on supplies of some of the world ' s most important natural resources. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 21, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Tom LaTourrette Source Type: blogs

Informing the Debate about Telemedicine Reimbursement What Do We Need to Know?
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. payers and policymakers broadly expanded payment for telemedicine services and relaxed many regulations. To decide the long-term fate of pandemic-era temporary telemedicine, policymakers should consider the effects of telemedicine on health care spending, patient outcomes, and health equity. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 21, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Ateev Mehrotra; Lori Uscher-Pines Source Type: blogs

The Drifting Menace
The drifting mine threat is not going away: they are simple, effective weapons that are easily made and deployed even by actors with limited naval capabilities. A holistic approach to tactics, enforcement, and technology development could help counter the threat and maintain future freedom of the seas. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 16, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Scott Savitz Source Type: blogs

How Russia's War in Ukraine Has Impacted Its Christian Image
Over the past decade, the Russian government has taken pains to present itself as a bastion of Christianity and traditional values. Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, however, there have been noticeable cracks in the receptivity to this messaging strategy. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 16, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Ryan Bauer Source Type: blogs

The Age of Uncrewed Surface Vessels
A new age of naval warfare has been inaugurated in the Black Sea, defined by an emerging weapon. Uncrewed surface vessels could become a centerpiece of naval warfare in the coming decades, one that navies may ignore at their peril. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Scott Savitz Source Type: blogs

Emerging Domestic Battery Supply Chain Should Be Wary of China's Information Ops
China has a huge stake in producing lithium-ion batteries, and is not above waging disinformation campaigns against U.S. firms involved in the battery supply chain. Extraction sector companies could work with cyber security experts and the U.S. intelligence community to educate their executives and local governments about any foreign disinformation risks. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Fabian Villalobos Source Type: blogs

Xi Likely Won't Be Attacking Taiwan Anytime Soon
Rather than start a war, Xi Jinping is more likely to intensify China ' s use of coercive measures against Taiwan, including diplomatic, economic, and military pressure coupled with cyber and psychological operations. If coercion fails, Beijing might turn to force as a last resort, but this still seems unlikely given the many complicating factors. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Derek Grossman Source Type: blogs