Thomas L. McNaugher

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Adjunct; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. and M.P.A. in political science, Harvard University; B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point


Thomas L. McNaugher was director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy from 2009 through June 2011. From 2001 to 2007, he served as RAND's vice president for Army research and director of the RAND Arroyo Center, the U.S. Army's federally funded research and development center for studies and analysis. He was a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation from 1977 to 1981. From 1981 until he rejoined RAND in January 1995, he was first a research associate and then a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings Institution. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. McNaugher is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the editorial board of Joint Forces Quarterly. His books include Arms and Oil: U.S. Military Strategy and the Persian Gulf (Brookings, 1985) and New Weapons, Old Politics: America's Military Procurement Muddle (Brookings, 1989), and his articles on military strategy, defense organization, and weapons acquisition have been published in numerous books and scholarly journals. McNaugher received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy and both his M.P.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

Recent Projects

  • U.S. military strategy in East Asia
  • Reforming Army Civil Affairs

Selected Publications

Thomas L. McNaugher, "The Real Meaning of Military Transformation: Rethinking the Revolution," Foreign Affairs, (Jan/Feb), 2007

Thomas L. McNaugher, The Army and Operations Other Than War: Expanding Professional Jurisdiction, RAND Corporation (RP-1062), 2003

Thomas McNaugher, "Ballistic Missiles and Chemical Weapons: The Legacy of the Iran-Iraq War," International Security, 15(2), 1990

Thomas L. McNaugher, New Weapons, Old Politics: America's Miliary Procurement Muddle, Brookings Institution, 1989