John D. Winkler

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Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center, RAND National Defense Research Institute; Senior Behavioral Scientist
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Ph.D. in social psychology, Harvard University; B.A. in psychology, University of Pennsylvania

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John Winkler directs the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute.

Winkler served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs from 2007 to 2009. From 2001 to 2007, he was deputy assistant secretary of defense for manpower and personnel, responsible for National Guard and Reserve manpower and personnel matters (e.g., manpower requirements and utilization; recruitment, attrition, and compensation; individual and family support; medical programs; personnel data systems; and legislation). He led the Reserve Component portion of the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review, developed the "continuum of service" personnel management paradigm, and developed Department of Defense policy documents governing use of military forces and the management of the Reserve Components as an operational force. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Winkler received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University.