James T. Quinlivan

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Senior Operations Research Analyst; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Engineer in operations research, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S. in applied mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder; B.S. in mathematics, Illinois Institute of Technology

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James T. Quinlivan is a senior operations research analyst at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He served as vice president of RAND's Army Research Division, and as director of the Aerospace and Strategic Technology Program and the Strategic Forces Program within RAND Project AIR FORCE. He received his B.S. in mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology; his M.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder; and his engineer's degree in operations research from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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  • 152-mm howitzer 2A65 Msta-B in Saint-Petersburg Artillery museum

    Artillery Returns to the Battlefield in the War Against ISIL

    Together with increased air attacks, the Syrians and their Russian advisors seek to revitalize combined arms forces, and artillery is critical to their vision.

    Jan 11, 2016 War on the Rocks

  • Rebel fighters in Syria prepare a mortar to be launched

    How to Lose a Civil War: Lessons for Afghanistan and Syria

    Recently, both Syria and Afghanistan have seen battles that demonstrate anew the potential risks of seeking to defend exposed positions. Syrian leaders seem to have recognized that there are limits to the amount of territory its military can hold. Afghanistan's leaders would be well advised to come to the same conclusion.

    Sep 10, 2015 War on the Rocks

  • The Three Soldiers statue, Washington, DC

    Book Review: 'Uphill Battle,' by Frank Scotton

    This book provides a more sympathetic understanding of the Vietnam War at the working level when everything now known about it was still in the future.

    Jun 5, 2015 American Diplomacy

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko visit the Russian Defense Ministry's control room, Moscow, December 23, 2014

    Yes, Russia's Military Is Getting More Aggressive

    As Russia's relations with the U.S. and Europe have deteriorated following Moscow's aggression in Ukraine, fly-bys of European neighbors by Russian aircraft have taken on new urgency. How should the West think about these provocative flights in light of understanding Russia's nuclear threat?

    Dec 31, 2014 Foreign Policy

  • U.N. chemical weapons experts investigating a gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians in the suburbs of Damascus

    The Hidden Conclusions in the U.N.'s Syria Gas Report

    The lethality of the munitions used in Syria point directly to an actor with significant capacities and long experience using chemical weaponry and artillery, writes James T. Quinlivan. And that fingers the notoriously abusive Assad regime, not the outmatched, outgunned and frantically improvising rebels.

    Sep 25, 2013 U.S. News & World Report

  • U.S. Army Soldiers put their gas masks on for a simulated chemical attack during a training mission near Camp Ramadi, Iraq

    Chemical Weapons in Syria: What Could the U.S. Do About Them?

    The combined lessons of the attack and disarmament of Iraq's chemical weapons in the First Gulf War suggest that chemical weapons are hard to find and destroy, writes James Quinlivan. Lots can survive even a sustained attack.

    May 21, 2013 The RAND Blog and GlobalSecurity.org

  • Civil Support Teams conduct assessments as part of Vibrant Response 13, a major incident exercise conducted by U.S. Northern Command and led by U.S. Army North

    Syria and Chemical Weapons: What Can the U.S. Do Now?

    If Syria uses its chemical weapons, policymakers need to prepare not only to quickly end their use, but to think past the immediate crisis and plan for the weapons' ultimate disposal, writes James Quinlivan.

    Dec 12, 2012 The Washington Post

  • Syria's Chemical Weapons, and Beyond

    Every possible effort toward peaceful resolution and proliferation avoidance, even to the extent of offering safe passage and immunity to reprehensible characters in order to buy the safe transfer and control of such materials, is worth consideration, write James T. Quinlivan and Bruce W. Bennett.

    Jul 26, 2012 RAND.org and GlobalSecurity.org

  • The Counterinsurgency Fight: Think Globally, Lose Locally

    The Counterinsurgency Fight: Think Globally, Lose Locally, in Washingtonpost.com.

    Apr 27, 2007 Washingtonpost.com

  • Our Way or the Highway

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Jan 15, 2005 United Press International