Brian Gordon

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Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


B.A. in political science, University of Kansas; M.I.A. in international affairs, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs


Brian Gordon is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. He received his master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University in 2011, specializing in international security policy and the Middle East. Following graduation, he was a Nonproliferation Graduate Fellow at the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C., and a research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Gordon was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy for five years, serving as Navigator and Combat Information Center Officer on a Ticonderoga-class cruiser in Norfolk, VA. His final tour was a sixteen-month assignment to the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq in Baghdad, where he was aide-de-camp to the U.S. general in charge of manning, equipping, and training the Iraqi Army. He was a 2014 Nuclear Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. His dissertation focuses on deception measures used in covert nuclear development.