David R. Frelinger

Senior Policy Analyst
Washington Office


M.A. in political science, UC Los Angeles; B.A. in political science, UC San Diego


Since joining RAND in 1985, David R. Frelinger has worked on a variety of research projects for the U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. His work has focused on developing appropriate responses to homeland security threats generated from the use of advanced and novel weapons, improving the ability of United States to meet emerging security challenges in the Pacific, stability and counter-insurgency, simulation and modeling, information technologies, the interaction of commercial and governmental activities, and advanced weapons system concepts and operations. Among other RAND projects, recent studies focused on adapting to emerging threats in the Pacific region, counterinsurgency and counter-IED operations, countering potential terrorist use of advanced conventional weapons and information technologies; several evaluations of unmanned aerial vehicles, intelligence-surveillance-and-reconnaissance systems, and other future platforms. He also evaluated future economic, political, and national security implications of the global positioning satellite system and served as principal investigator on a multiyear analysis that investigated improvements to long-range strike platforms. David received a B.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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