Job Description

Job Title: Policy/Defense Analyst, International and Security Policy
Job ID: 4859
Location: Multiple locations
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Policy/Defense Analyst, International and Security Policy

Overview of RAND

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 1,800 people from approximately 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $308 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, charitable trusts, and community nonprofits. In addition, we rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; shape emerging policy debates; 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.

Position Description

RAND advises a variety of international and national security clients on policy-level decisions relating to military operations, programs, and systems; future force structure and doctrine; and national military strategy.  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.


Experience in security, defense or intelligence policy planning and analysis, preferably with the US government and not including internships, is desired.

Security Clearance

U.S. Citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. An active Secret or interim Secret clearance is preferred.


Washington, DC; Boston, MA; Santa Monica, CA; Pittsburgh, PA (CA & PA preferred office locations)

Writing Sample Required

Two writing samples are required for this position. Pieces that show rigorous use of evidence and logic which are either solo or lead authored are preferred.

Please click on "How to Apply" for further instructions regarding the writing sample.

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