Adam Grissom

Senior Political Scientist
Off Site Office


Ph.D., King's College London; M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; B.A., Augustana College

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Adam Grissom is a senior political scientist at RAND. He leads special mission aviation research sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Special Operations Command, theater-level headquarters, and U.S. and allied special mission aviation organizations. His current RAND projects examine ongoing operations in Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East, force planning for Army Special Operations Aviation assets, and Aviation Foreign Internal Defense. Grissom's academic work focuses on military innovation and he sits on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Prior to joining RAND in 2000, Grissom was a civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds a Ph.D. in war studies from King's College London, an MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in political science from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.

Recent Projects

  • Special operations
  • Force planning
  • Special mission aviation
  • Afghanistan
  • Africa