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John Tukey once said, "The great thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone else's sandbox." RAND distinguished chair Marc Elliott, who's been called one of the world's most influential scientific minds, agrees.
Statistician Marc Elliott talks about the real-world impact his work has had, how his discipline lets him 'play in everyone else's sandbox,' and more.
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One year ago today, a South Korea ferry sank, killing more than 300 people, including 250 high schoolers, a dire reminder that the sea is relentless and unforgiving. Despite a massive volume of maritime travelers, the U.S. has been relatively insulated from such tragedies. But why? Is it good — or just lucky?
The U.S. marine safety record is impressive, arguably the best in the world. Yet, as the heartbreaking example of the Sewol demonstrates, the United States must never become complacent.
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Two years after the #Boston Marathon bombings, here's what we know about homegrown terrorists like Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
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#ISIS is a rich terrorist group, says RAND's Colin Clarke, but it's a poor state. As its oil money dries up, it might have to rethink its state-building ambitions.
Analysts warn that as the group lose control of oil fields, they'll make money in other ways.
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A pillar of their economy. I am going to go out on a limb and say you cannot build a utopia on rape, murder, robbery, and heinous evil. Pseudo religious fascists, AKA: Khawarij.
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Many Americans may not have heard of Djibouti. But the tiny country plays a big role in promoting stability in East Africa and supporting U.S. operations from Egypt to Central Asia.
The collaborative role being played by the United States and Djibouti represents the kind of partnerships that are now required in the battle against terrorism, because little-known places like Djibouti are one arena where the battle could be won or lost.
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Iran's Supreme Leader has broken his silence. According to RAND's Alireza Nader, Khamenei is playing bad cop to Rouhani's good cop, seeing if he can get more out of a nuclear deal.
The Supreme Leader of Iran said he neither supports nor opposes a nuclear deal, since the details have not yet been nailed down. Judy Woodruff talks to former State Department official Ray Takeyh and Alireza Nader of the RAND Corporation about what Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments mean for the negotiating outlook and whether Iran has a strategic interest in Yemen.
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As former soldier Kayla Williams walked her three-legged German shepherd, a stranger asked if the dog had lost her leg in Iraq. That's when Williams realized that more people assumed her dog was a combat veteran than she was.
Kayla Williams discusses being a minority in the veterans' community, then finding a group of other female veterans, strangers who knew more about her life than many family members.
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RAND research shows that subsidies in the Affordable Care Act's exchanges help stabilize the insurance market by encouraging younger, healthier people to stay enrolled in the face of premium hikes. This helps keep costs down for all enrollees. Critics of the subsidies have proposed alternatives. What effects would these have?
Describes the extent to which changing the subsidy structure of the Affordable Care Act would make the individual health insurance market more sensitive to the rate of young adult enrollment.
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The state monopoly on bioweapons is over, says RAND's Daniel Gerstein: "What took the resources of a state to produce in 1969 can now be done by a few bio-manufacturing experts in a homemade laboratory with equipment purchased online."
A panel chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Gov. Tom Ridge will review U.S. policy on biodefense. Looking back to the end of the U.S. offensive biological warfare program would provide valuable lessons.
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The two sides in the debate over net neutrality will become less compatible over time, says RAND's Daniel Gerstein. Here's why.
The debate over net neutrality pits two opposing philosophies against each other —  one pushing for the continued evolution of the Internet as an open information superhighway, the other asserting that the Internet's evolution needs to take more account of the many ways it is and will be used.
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We are all basically cyborgs now, with digital blood. But seriously, they need to find the balance between digitizing reality into a real time stream and who gets access to that. Potential to empower the good and the malevolent as well. Holistic 3-d profile. 
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If there's any enduring lesson of recent U.S. military operations, it's this, according to experts: Place the greatest emphasis on the quality of personnel.
Given the complex, technology-heavy, and conceptually-nuanced environment of today's military, the quality of military personnel is the dominant form of competitive advantage. All the services today place maintaining a high-quality force at the top of their list of priorities.
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Fears that a deal with #Iran will lead to a major readjustment in U.S. regional strategy are overblown, says RAND's Dalia Dassa Kaye.
The United States can't wait for a final nuclear deal with Iran to begin thinking through how to manage its aftermath. The challenges ahead are already clear. Washington should prepare for them by setting aside old formulas that have failed to advance stability.
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