Thomas S. Szayna

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Senior Political Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.A. in international relations, Claremont Graduate School; B.A. in history and philosophy, Villanova University

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Thomas S. Szayna is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, with more than 20 years of experience in national security policy and defense analysis. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. In 1997-2011 he served as associate director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program in RAND's Army Research Division. His research has focused on aspects of strategic planning for the U.S. armed forces, post-conflict stability and reconstruction operations, and coalition interoperability. He gave testimony for the U.S. House of Representatives and has been a keynote speaker at a number of defense conferences. He is the principal investigator of the project that led to the design of SAFE (Stability Army Operations Force Estimator), a computer application for planners to estimate the size and structure of forces required for post-conflict stability and reconstruction operations. Szayna received his B.A. in history and philosophy from Villanova University and his M.A. in international relations from Claremont Graduate School.

Recent Projects

  • Army global posture
  • Implementing Army Field Manual 3-0
  • Building social science knowledge for stability operations
  • Assessing the possible collapse of strategically important states
  • Integrating the interagency in planning for Army stability operations

Selected Publications

Thomas S. Szayna et al., Integrating Civilian Agencies in Stability Operations, RAND Corporation (MG-801), 2009

Eric Larson, Thomas S. Szayna, et al., Assessing Irregular Warfare: A Framework for Intelligence Analysis, RAND Corporation (MG-668), 2008

Terrence Kelly, Thomas S. Szayna, et al., Stabilization and Reconstruction Staffing: Developing U.S. Civilian Personnel Capabilities, RAND Corporation (MG-580), 2008

Thomas S. Szayna, et al., Preparing the Army for Stability Operations: Doctrinal and Interagency Issues, RAND Corporation (MG-646), 2007

Thomas S. Szayna, et al., The Civil-Military Gap in the United States: Does It Exist, Why, and Does It Matter?RAND Corporation (MG-379), 2007

Honors & Awards

  • President's Choice Gold Award, 2005, RAND Corporation