David Ochmanek

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Senior Defense Analyst
Washington Office

Education

M.P.A., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; B.S. in international affairs and political science, United States Air Force Academy

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Overview

David Ochmanek is a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. From 2009 until 2014 he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he was a senior defense analyst and director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program for Project AIR FORCE at RAND, where he worked from 1985 until 1993, and again from 1995 until 2009. From 1993 until 1995, Ochmanek served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. Prior to joining RAND, he was a member of the Foreign Service of the United States, serving from 1980 to 1985. From 1973 to 1978, he was an officer in the United States Air Force. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown and George Washington Universities.

Research Focus

Previous Positions

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy

Recent Projects

  • Effects of airpower in Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Advice to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the United States Air Force on the Quadrennial Defense Review

Selected Publications

Andrew R. Hoehn et al., A New Division of Labor: Meeting America's Security Challenges Beyond Iraq, RAND Corporation (CF-246-AF/CNA), 2007

James Chow et al., Protecting Commercial Aviation Against the Shoulder-Fired Missile Threat, RAND Corporation (OP-106-RC), 2005

Glenn A. Kent and David A. Ochmanek, A Framework for Modernization Within the United States Air Force, RAND Corporation (MR-1706-AF), 2003

David Ochmanek, Military Operations Against Terrorist Groups Abroad: Implications for the United States Air Force, RAND Corporation (MR-1738-AF), 2003

Commentary

  • Real Roles, Missions Debate

    The United States can and should move beyond a "one size fits all" approach to sizing military forces toward a construct that shapes each service for the types of operations it is actually expected to conduct in the future, write Andrew Hoehn and David Ochmanek.

    Apr 7, 2008 | Washington Times

  • Crafting Terror Strategy

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Crafting Terror Strategy, in United Press International.

    Oct 18, 2006 | United Press International

Publications