Jonathan P. Wong

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. Candidate in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A in political science, University of California San Diego


Jonathan Wong is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Prior to PRGS, he served in the Marine Corps as both an enlisted infantryman and as an infantry officer. Wong has combat and counterinsurgency experience in Iraq, as well as experience working with allied militaries in the Asia Pacific region. Most recently before coming to PRGS, he served as a manpower planner for Headquarters Marine Corps, where he developed improved assignment procedures for the Marine Corps' recruiters, drill instructors, and embassy security guards, and participated in designing a study examining billet education requirements. Wong has a B.A. in political science from the University of California San Diego and an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University, where his thesis dealt with cues from policy elites affecting public discourse regarding the U.S. counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq. His policy interests include East Asian security, military training and doctrine, and military manpower issues.