Dick Hoffmann is a defense research analyst at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research covers human performance in extreme environments, joint special operations and counter-terrorism strategy, intelligence collection planning and processing, defense acquisition capabilities assessments and cost-effectiveness analysis, operational measures of performance and effectiveness, and joint-combined-interagency command, control, and coordination. He recently completed a case study of OEF-Philippines; an assessment of intelligence collection in the Horn of Africa; and a deployment to Afghanistan, where he provided analytical support for the Special Operations Component Commander.
Hoffmann retired in 2007 from the Navy after 20 years of service as a SEAL officer. He was the director of education at the Naval Special Warfare Center in San Diego, where he managed the curriculum for more than 50 courses in joint special operations tactics, techniques, and procedures. He also taught mission planning, ethics, and tactical leadership. Of note, he deployed to Iraq in 2003 and Africa in 2004 to assess and improve special operations planning, targeting, and combat operations. Hoffmann also served as a counterterrorism plans officer at the Special Operations Command, Pacific in Hawaii. He taught at the Naval Academy, served as a platoon commander at SEAL Team THREE, and as an assistant platoon commander at SEAL Team FIVE. He has worked in Australia and in countries throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, including the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.