Jair Aguirre

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Senior Technical Analyst; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in applied economics, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in liberal studies, Excelsior College; A.A. in modern standard Arabic, Defense Language Institute; A.S. in communications applications technology, Community College of the Air Force


Jair Aguirre is a senior technical analyst at RAND and a professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research is focused on cyberwarfare, artificial intelligence, and emerging technologies. He often couples quantitative approaches such as machine learning with cutting-edge information technology to discover solutions to challenging problems.

Prior to joining RAND, Aguirre developed big data analytic techniques for computer network exploitation and produced forecasts for emerging technologies, assessed their impact, and advised on investments to reduce the risk of technological surprise. Additionally, he has conducted counter-terrorism work in support of US national-level objectives.

Jair Aguirre holds an M.S. degree in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins University, as well as multiple industry cybersecurity and data science technical certifications. He speaks Spanish and Arabic.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Selected Publications

John S. Davis II, Benjamin Boudreaux, Jonathan William Welburn, Jair Aguirre, Cordaye Ogletree, Geoffrey McGovern, Michael S. Chase, Stateless Attribution: Toward International Accountability in Cyberspace, RAND Corporation (RR-2081), 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, United States Air Force
  • Aerial Achievement Award, United States Air Force


Spanish; Arabic


  • World map with electronic circuits

    When Cyber Attacks Occur, Who Should Investigate?

    Data breaches and cyberattacks cross geopolitical boundaries, targeting individuals, corporations and governments. Creating a global body with a narrow focus on investigating and assigning responsibility for cyberattacks could be the first step to creating a digital world with accountability.

    Dec 6, 2018 United Press International