Marta Kepe

Cambridge Office


M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service


Marta Kepe is an analyst at RAND Europe working on defence, security and infrastructure; specifically, she focuses on a range of European and transatlantic defence and security issues. She specialises on European conventional and unconventional defence, European and transatlantic defence policies and planning, European defence industry and technology as well as NATO, EU and Nordic-Baltic security issues.

Prior to joining RAND, she worked for the Latvian Ministry of Defence within the National Armament's Director's office on armaments cooperation in EDA and NATO frameworks, Baltic States defence cooperation and defence sector reforms in NATO PfP countries. Kepe's previous experience includes working on defence sector reform processes in the Western Balkans, security sector reform processes, international armaments and defence sector accountability respectively at the NATO Advisory Team in Kosovo, the United Nations and the National War College.

She received her M.A. in security studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Her thesis examined the European defence industry and NATO defence planning (NDPP) looking at a closer integration of the defence industrial sector into the NDPP.

Recent Projects

  • Medical Support to Light Footprint Operations
  • NATO, Russia and the European Member States' contributions to the Alliance in the land domain


  • A Lithuanian army soldier holds the national flag during the NATO Force Integration Unit inauguration event in Vilnius, Lithuania, September 3, 2015

    'If You Want Peace, Prepare for Resistance'

    Lithuania's government issued a guide on how its citizens can resist a potential Russian invasion and occupation. Resistance is a key element of the “Total Defense” strategy all three Baltic states have been pursuing, spurred on by Russian aggression.

    Nov 22, 2016 The National Interest

  • Partner nations parading their colors at the opening ceremony of Combined Endeavor 2014 in Grafenwohr, Germany

    NATO Decides to 'Troop the Colours' As Symbol of Deterrence in the Baltics

    At its Warsaw summit in July, NATO agreed to establish a permanent rotating presence of its troops in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The decision may be interpreted as NATO's commitment to take its Baltic members' concerns seriously.

    Jul 28, 2016 European Geostrategy