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 appears in Restoring Public Debt Sustainability: The Role of Independent Fiscal Institutions (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 the economics of terrorism and armed conflict, military intelligence, and defense technology.