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How Civil Institutions Build Resilience: Organizational Practices Derived from Academic Literature and Case Studies

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[Technical Report, Research Report]

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RAND Corporation

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A stated goal of the White Houses National Space Policy of the United States of America is to increase the resilience of mission-essential functions enabled by space assets and their supporting infrastructure against disruption, degradation, and destruction. Enhancing the resilience of U.S. space capabilities, however, must occur in a financially constrained environment. In work conducted for the U.S. Air Force, the RAND Corporation developed a framework for identifying effective and economically feasible i.e., excluding the space segment measures for increasing the resilience of its space assets. As part of that effort, RAND researchers conducted a review of the academic literature and case-study reports and summaries that gathered information about how other organizations build resilient missions. This report summarizes key findings from this review that have broad application to any organization seeking to enhance resilience as well as specifically to the space community. This research was sponsored by the commander, Air Force Space Command, and was conducted within the Force Modernization and Employment Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE as part of a fiscal year 2014 project, Space Resilience Developing a Strategy for Balancing Capability and Affordability with Resilience. The information presented here is current as of September 2014.


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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]