Defense/Policy Analyst

21 Jan, 2023


Defense/Policy Analyst

RAND Corporation
Washington, DC/Pittsburgh, PA/Santa Monica, CA

Position Description

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, policy 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.




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, is preferred.



Security Clearance

A security clearance may be required for some projects; U.S. Citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. An active Secret or interim Secret clearance is preferred.



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.




Washington, DC; Santa Monica, CA; Pittsburgh, PA



Salary Range

Analyst I: $50,000 – $65,000

Analyst II: $62,500 – $81,250

Analyst III: $78,400 – $107,800

Analyst IV: $88,500 – $128,250


RAND considers a variety of factors when formulating an offer, including but not limited to, the specific role and associated responsibilities; a candidate’s work experience, education/training, skills, expertise; and internal equity. Successful candidates will be offered employment in a specific title, as determined by the candidate’s education and experience. The salary range includes base pay plus RAND’s sabbatic pay (which provides additional compensation above base pay when vacation is taken). In addition, RAND provides strong benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, paid time-off and more.

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Equal Opportunity Employer: race/color/religion/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/national origin/disability/vet

Job posted: 2023-01-21