Michael J. Neumann

Director of Operations, RAND Project AIR FORCE
Washington Office


M.A. in national security studies, Georgetown University; B.S. in journalism, Northwestern University


Michael Neumann serves as the Director of Operations for RAND Project AIR FORCE. In this role, he is responsible for the unit's internal business management, financial, and administrative functions.

Neumann joined RAND in 2007 as a Communications Analyst working on a wide range of topics, including a number of national security, military sustainment, and defense industrial base issues, as well as climate change, energy, and environmental policy issues. Before joining RAND, he was as a senior associate with DFI Government Services where he specialized in strategic communications and security policy analysis for a variety of defense sector clients including the US Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, and other Department of Defense agencies. Prior to his tenure at DFI, Neumann served for 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a public affairs officer at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and at Headquarters Marine Corps. He earned an M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University and a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University with a secondary major in political science.

Selected Publications

Jefferson P. Marquis, Jennifer D. P. Moroney, Justin Beck, Derek Eaton, Scott Hiromoto, David R. Howell, Janet Lewis, Charlotte Lynch, Michael J. Neumann, Cathryn Quantic Thurston, Developing an Army Strategy for Building Partner Capacity for Stability Operations, RAND (MG-942), 2010

Somi Seong, Obaid Younossi, Benjamin W. Goldsmith, with Thomas Lang, Michael J. Neumann, Titanium: Industrial Base, Price Trends, and Technology Initiatives, RAND (MG-789), 2009