Terrence K. Kelly
Terrence Kelly is the director of the Strategy and Resources Program at the RAND Arroyo Center and has been a senior operations researcher at RAND for over 12 years. Over the past decade at RAND he has worked on counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan, DoD 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 in March 2002, 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 System Engineering Department and RPI'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 and an M.S. in computer and systems engineering from RPI, an M.A. in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, and is a 1982 West Point graduate.
Previous PositionsU.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
- U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Counterinsurgency and stability operations theory and practice
- Cybersecurity policy
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