James Bonomo

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Senior Physical Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. and M.A. in physics, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in physics, California Institute of Technology

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James Bonomo is a senior physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has worked on a wide variety of efforts involving the interplay of technical analysis with public policy issues. In most cases, his research has analyzed how some technical development might improve the operational concepts available for achieving a national security objective. His primary areas of interest include defense strategy and planning, defense acquisition, and homeland security. Bonomo received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Recent Projects

  • Planning of research and development within the national security agencies of the federal government, most recently for the Missile Defense Agency
  • Analysis of the potential terrorist use of advanced conventional weapons and how to counter such use

Selected Publications

Terrence K. Kelly et al., The Office of Science and Technology Policy Blue Ribbon Panel on the Threat of Biological Terrorism Directed Against Livestock, RAND Corporation (CF-193-OSTP), 2007

James Bonomo et al., Stealing the Sword: Limiting Terrorist Use of Advanced Conventional Weapons, RAND Corporation (MG-510-DHS), 2004

James Bonomo, Suggestions for Strategic Planning for the Office of Nonproliferation Research and Engineering, RAND Corporation (MR-1499-DOE), 2002

Marcy Agmon et al., Arms Proliferation Policy: Support to the Presidential Advisory Board, RAND Corporation (MR-771-OSD), 1998

James Bonomo et al., Monitoring and Controlling the International Transfer of Technology, RAND Corporation (MR-979-OSTP), 1998