Policy/Defense Analyst, International Security and Homeland Security

RAND Corporation
  • Location
    Santa Monica, CA or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 08

Position description

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. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has close to 1,850 people from approximately 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $315 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest. Our research is sponsored by government agencies, international organizations, and foundations. We rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

RAND advises a variety of international, national, and homeland security clients on policy-level decisions relating to military and homeland security operations, programs, and systems; innovation, technology, and acquisition; future force structure and doctrine; national military strategy; homeland security law enforcement; and disaster preparedness, resilience, and response.  Working on multi-disciplinary teams, project analysts apply quantitative and qualitative skills to analyze policy problems of national and international importance, and communicate the results of these analyses to decision-makers.


Applicants should have knowledge and demonstrable ability to analyze or implement policies involving strategy, doctrine, operations, tactics, systems or organization.                      

All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.

Education Requirements

MA/MS in political science, international studies, strategic studies, public policy, or a related field.


Applicants should have at least 1 year of relevant experience in security, defense or intelligence policy planning and analysis, preferably with the US government and not including internships.

Application instructions

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