Benjamin S. Lambeth

Adjunct Political Scientist
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in political science, University of North Carolina; M.A. in government, Georgetown University; Ph.D. in political science, Harvard University


Benjamin S. Lambeth is a Senior Research Associate at the RAND Corporation. In 1989 and 1990, he directed RAND's International Security and Defense Policy Program. Before joining RAND in 1974, he served in the Office of National Estimates at the Central Intelligence Agency. Prior to that, he worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Institute for Defense Analyses. A civil-rated pilot, he has flown or flown in more than 40 different fighter, attack, and jet trainer aircraft types with the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as with eight foreign air forces. In 1988, he received a front-seat checkout in the F/A-18 Hornet. In December 1989, he became the first U.S. citizen to fly the Soviet MiG-29 fighter. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the author of The Transformation of American Air Power (Cornell University Press, 2000). In 2002, he was elected an Honorary Member of the Order of Daedalians, the national fraternity of U.S. military pilots.

Selected Publications

Benjamin S. Lambeth, Air Operations in Israel's War Against Hezbollah: Learning from Lebanon and Getting It Right in Gaza, RAND Corporation (MG-835), 2011

Benjamin S. Lambeth, Combat Pair: The Evolution of Air Force-Navy Integration in Strike Warfare, RAND Corporation (MG-655), 2007

Benjamin S. Lambeth, Air Power Against Terror: America's Conduct of Operation Enduring Freedom, RAND Corporation (MG-166-1), 2005

Benjamin S. Lambeth, American Carrier Air Power at the Dawn of a New Century, RAND Corporation (MG-404), 2005

Benjamin S. Lambeth, Mastering the Ultimate High Ground: Next Steps in the Military Uses of Space, RAND Corporation (MR-1649), 2003

Benjamin S. Lambeth, NATO's Air War for Kosovo: A Strategic and Operational Assessment, RAND Corporation (MR-1365), 2001

Benjamin S. Lambeth, The Transformation of American Air Power, Cornell University Press, 2000

Benjamin S. Lambeth, Russia's Air Power in Crisis, Smithsonian Institute Press, 1999