Julia Pollak is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in economics. Her thesis developed a model of public debt accumulation and her subsequent research on public indebtedness will appear in a volume titled Restoring Public Debt Sustainability: The Role of Independent Fiscal Institutions, under a contract with Oxford University Press. Pollak is a drilling reservist in the U.S. Navy. She has also worked as a research assistant for Defense Studies at the Heritage Foundation, where she focused on defense strategy and budgets. Her interests include military intelligence, force planning, manpower issues, and defense technology.