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.


  • 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