Karl P. Mueller
Karl P. Mueller is the associate director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources program at RAND Arroyo Center and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Mueller specializes in research related to military and national security strategy, particularly coercion and deterrence. Mueller has written and lectured on a wide variety of national security subjects, including airpower theory, grand strategy, economic sanctions, nuclear proliferation, counterterrorism policy, and space weapons. Among his recent RAND publications are Dangerous Thresholds: Managing Escalation in the 21st Century (Forrest E. Morgan et al., 2008); Striking First: Preemptive and Preventive Attack in U.S. National Security Policy (2006); and Air Power in the New Counterinsurgency Era: The Strategic Importance of USAF Advisory and Assistance Missions (Alan J. Vick et al., 2006). He is currently working on projects about airpower and crisis stability, hybrid warfare, and the U.S.-Indian strategic partnership. Before joining RAND in 2001, Mueller was a professor of comparative military studies at the U.S. Air Force's School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Mueller received his Ph.D. in politics form Princeton University.
- Preemptive war
- Escalation and crisis stability
- Hybrid warfare
- Implications of WMD proliferation
- U.S.-India defense relationship
Alan J. Vick et al., Air Power in the New Counterinsurgency Era: The Strategic Importance of USAF Advisory and Assistance Missions, RAND Corporation (MG-509), 2006
Karl P. Mueller et al., Striking First: Preemptive and Preventive Attack in U.S. National Security Policy, RAND Corporation (MG-403), 2006
Karl P. Mueller, "Totem and Taboo: Depolarizing the Space Weaponization Debate," Astropolitics, 1(1), 2003
David Johnson et al., Conventional Coercion Across the Spectrum of Operations: The Utility of Military Force in the Emerging Security Environment, RAND Corporation (MR-1494), 2002
Karl P. Mueller, Jonathan Kirshner, "The Paradox of Liberal Hegemony: Globalization and U.S. National Security,"
Recent Media Appearances
Interviews: Boston Globe; Houston Chronicle; Kansas City Star; New York Times; Newsweek; NPR; Pacifica Radio Network; Washington Times
Commentary: Aftenposten (Oslo); Atlantic Monthly; Issues in Science and Technology; Los Angeles Times