Tim Smith is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at 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, and he was the assistant team leader for the Energy Capstone Project that designed an energy harvesting system for bridge health monitoring. 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 energy policy, global climate change, PTSD treatment, and national intelligence.