Timothy Smith

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in mechanical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy


Tim Smith is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. His work at RAND focuses on Air Force intelligence policy, Arctic policy, DOD energy policy, and hospital disaster preparedness. His dissertation focuses on improving search and rescue operations in the Alaskan Arctic.

Prior to Pardee RAND, he was a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. During his studies, he worked on developing a new leak-detection test for fuel pipelines at Nellis Air Force Base. He was also a member of the Air Force Parachute Team, the “Wings of Blue.” On a year away from the Academy, he taught English in India and traveled extensively in the Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile. His research interests include military operational energy, Arctic policy, emergency preparedness, and intelligence policy.

Recent Projects

  • Performance Measurement Tools for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Leveraging National Intelligence: Lessons for the Air Force Intelligence Enterprise
  • Improving the Integration of Operational Energy Tracking in Title X Wargames