Daniel Gonzales

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Senior Physical Scientist
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Ph.D. in theoretical physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. in physics, Stanford University

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Daniel Gonzales is a senior physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. His areas of expertise include command, control, and communications and intelligence (C3I) systems; information technology (IT); and new IT system architectures, such as service-oriented architectures. He has examined technical feasibility, performance, and risk issues for C3I and IT system developments for the U.S. Army, the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E), other parts of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the U.S. Navy.

Gonzales has examined the capabilities of the joint tactical radio system (JTRS), satellite communications, biometrics, and other intelligence systems, as well as the Army's and the DoD's growing communications bandwidth needs. He served as lead author on several recent RAND publications, including Networked Forces in Stability Operations: 101st Airborne Division, 3/2 and 1/25 Stryker Brigades in Northern Iraq (2007), and two network-centric operations case studies: Air-to-Air Combat With and Without Link 16 (2005) and The Stryker Brigade Combat Team (2005). Gonzales supports DDR&E in its efforts to make C3I systems interoperable and in conducting independent assessments of technical feasibility and risk for DoD C3I and IT programs. This work has included independent technical assessments of JTRS advanced networking waveforms, satellite communications options for personnel recovery, and the technical risks associated with a number of next-generation DoD C3I programs. He has also reviewed proposed DoD IT policy, and new interoperability technologies and standards proposed for DoD C3I systems.

Gonzales received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Recent Projects

  • Analysis of DoD and federal data exchange frameworks and standards
  • Defense and intelligence community interoperability policy
  • Analysis of advanced wireless networks
  • Technology maturity and risk assessments of communications and information system programs
  • Emergency alert messaging communications systems and networks


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    U.S. Needs a New Electronic Identity-Protection Strategy to Prevent 'Hybrid Warfare' Attacks

    The U.S. government needs to develop a strategy to protect its citizens that includes a unique identifying number or code and a method for protecting these identity keys in online transactions.

    Jul 6, 2015 The RAND Blog

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    Preventing Cyber Attacks: Sharing Information About Tor

    While Tor has many benefits, it is also used to hide criminal activity online such as the recent cyber attacks against JPMorgan Chase and Sony Pictures. The U.S. government should share the IP addresses of Tor network nodes with U.S. critical infrastructure and financial firms so that future cyber attacks could be prevented.

    Dec 17, 2014 The RAND Blog

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    Saving Money by Using Advanced DoD Sensors on the U.S. Border

    There is no legal reason why a DoD sensor should be excluded from use in an interagency technology demonstration or in an actual counterdrug operation as long as a valid request for support is made by an appropriate law enforcement official and no personally identifiable or private information on U.S. citizens is collected.

    Jun 6, 2014

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    Exposing Russia's Covert Actions

    It is paramount that U.S. and European officials and the people of Ukraine understand the true situation on the ground and the extent of covert Russian operations in eastern Ukraine.

    Apr 29, 2014 U.S. News & World Report

  • Can You Hear Libya Now?

    The U.S. and its allies could help Libyans communicate with the outside world by deploying cellphone base stations on aircraft or tethered balloons, write Dan Gonzales and Sarah Harting.

    Mar 5, 2011 The New York Times