Jonathan P. Wong

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. candidate in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A in poltical 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. His research at RAND focuses primarily on the organizational, budgetary, and policy relationships and trade-offs between major components of the Department of Defense. Additionally, Wong has contributed to RAND's research on intelligence policy, security force assistance, gender integration in the military, and military manpower issues.

Prior to RAND, Wong served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry rifleman and as an infantry officer. Wong served in Iraq and in the Western Pacific.

Wong has a B.A. in political science from the University of California San Diego, an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University, and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Recent Projects

  • Structuring Open Source Intelligence in the U.S. Army
  • Key Considerations in Assessing the Impact of Integrating Women into Marine Corps Infantry Units
  • Assessment of AC/RC Mix for Logistics Force Structure
  • Value of Chinese Military Expenditures in Dollars and Renminbi
  • The Role of Ultralight Tactical Mobility in Army Operations

Selected Publications

Jonathan Wong, "Poltics and Professionalism: A Cautionary Note," Marine Corps Gazette, 94(12):69-70, 2010

Honors & Awards

  • Hogaboom Leadership Writing Award, Marine Corps Association


  • Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade training with NATO allies in Poland

    Rethinking U.S. Force Planning

    While the renewed interest in crisis response forces by the military services is welcome in these times of uncertainty, forces that are permanently assigned to a geographic combatant command and based in a region continue to offer distinct benefits. RAND research has shown that an overseas presence enhances contingency responsiveness in most cases.

    May 16, 2014 The RAND Blog