Terrence K. Kelly

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Director, Strategy and Resources Program, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. in mathematics, M.S. in computer and systems engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.A. in strategic studies, U.S. Army War College; B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point

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Overview

Terrence Kelly is the director of the Strategy and Resources Program at the RAND Arroyo Center and has been a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation for over 12 years. Over the past decade he has worked on counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan; U.S. Department of Defense and Army strategy; and science, technology, and acquisition problems. In 2006 and 2007 Kelly served as director of the Joint Strategic Planning and Assessment Office in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and in 2004 as the director of Militia Transition and Reintegration for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. Prior to joining RAND, Kelly served for 20 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

Prior to retiring from the Army, Kelly's positions included senior national security officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; chief of staff of the National Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office; legislative liaison officer in the Army's office of legislative affairs; White House Fellow; assistant professor in West Point's Systems Engineering Department and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Mathematical Sciences Department (visiting); command and staff positions in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 8th Infantry Division; and as a staff officer on the Army Staff.

Kelly holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Previous Positions

U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; Director, Militia Transition and Reintegration Programs, CPA, Baghdad, Iraq; Senior National Security Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House Staff; White House fellow; 20-year Army officer

Recent Projects

  • U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Counterinsurgency and stability operations theory and practice
  • Cybersecurity policy

Selected Publications

Terrence K. Kelly "The Just Conduct of War Against Radical Islamic Terrorists and Insurgents," in Eds. Charles Reed and David Ryall, The Price of Peace, Cambridge Universitiy Press (EP-20070019), 2007

Henry Willis et al., Estimating Terrorism Risk, RAND Corporation (MG-388-RC), 2005

William P. Butz et al, Will the Scientific & Technical Workforce Meet the Requirements of the Federal Government?RAND Corporation (MG-118-OSTP), 2004

Terrence K. Kelly, "Transformation and Homeland Security: Dual Challenges for the U.S. Army," Parameters, 33, 2003

Honors & Awards

  • Bronze Star Medal, United States Armed Forces
  • Outstanding Civil Service Medal, Department of the Army
  • Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: KD/PG; The New Republic

Commentary: Foreign Policy; Los Angeles Times; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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