McKay R. McLaren

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in biology and Spanish, U.S. Air Force Academy


McKay McLaren is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has a B.S. in biology and Spanish from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he led cadets as a squadron commander and soaring instructor pilot. McLaren was a research assistant for the Directed Energy Bioeffects Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory and studied abroad in Mexico. He also worked on programs to help elevate the quality of life for Latin American communities in Utah. His interests include Air Force modernization and employment policy, health policy, and U.S. policies toward Mexico.

Research Focus

Recent Projects

  • Village Stability Operations
  • FY12 Bomber Project
  • Center for the Study of Intelligence Impact