Jessica Yeats

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.A. in Spanish, Idaho State University; B.A. in economics & philosophy, Idaho State University


Jessica Yeats is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Yeats was previously an analyst in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, where she focused on foreign consequence management and Department of Defense efforts to build partnership capacity. Prior to joining the Pentagon, she was the program manager for the U.S. Defense and National Security Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she worked on a broad range of national security issues with a focus on U.S. nuclear weapons policy. She has published reports on assurance and deterrence strategies, counter-nuclear terrorism, U.S. stockpile management, and the proliferation security environment. Yeats previously served as the project coordinator for the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) and was the recipient of the 2007-2008 William J. Taylor CSIS debate internship, awarded annually to one collegiate policy debater. Her research interests include national security policy and governance and international development. She holds a B.A. in economics from Idaho State University, where she ended her intercollegiate policy debate career as the second speaker at the 2007 National Debate Tournament.