Brian G. Chow

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Senior Physical Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in physics, Case Western Reserve University; Ph.D. in finance, M.B.A (with distinction), University of Michigan

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Brian G. Chow is a senior physical scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on the defense and control of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery vehicles. After September 11, 2001, he led a study on devising measures to reduce terror attacks and to mitigate their damages. His latest report is on military assistance to homeland security against chemical and biological terrorism. He has authored more than 90 publications and testified before congressional committees. Before joining RAND in 1989, Brian was appointed by the President's Science Advisor, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as a consultant to advise them on policy matters. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Case Western Reserve University, and a M.B.A. with distinction and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Michigan.

Previous Positions

Consultant to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1989-1990; to the President's Science Advisor, 1988-1989; and to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, 1987-1988; senior research specialist, Pan Heuristics, 1978-1989

Recent Projects

  • New model and simulation for portfolio management of projects of Army and other agencies
  • Space treaties
  • Proliferation security initiative
  • Chinese foreign investments
  • Technology insertion and refresh

Selected Publications

M. Chinman et al., Distribution of Losses from Large Terrorist Attacks Under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, RAND Corporation (MG-427), 2005

Stephen J. Carroll et al.,, The Peacetime Tempo of Air Mobility Operations: Meeting Demand and Maintaining Readiness, RAND Corporation (MR-1506), 2005

Brian G. Chow and Kenneth A. Solomon, Limiting the Spread of Weapon-Usable Fissile Materials, RAND Corporation (MR-346), 2001

Richard H. Speier et al., Nonproliferation Sanctions, RAND Corporation (MR-1285), 2001