Javed Ali

Acting Associate Director, Cyber and Intelligence Policy Center; Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
Off Site Office


B.A. in political science, University of Michigan; M.A. in international relations, American University; J.D., University of Detroit


Javed Ali is a senior behavioral/social scientist and acting associate director of the Cyber and Intelligence Policy Center at the RAND Corporation. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the Washington, D.C. area on intelligence, counterterrorism, and other national security issues. He had 16 years of federal service, including over a decade with the FBI, where he joined in 2007 as its inaugural senior national intelligence officer. While at the FBI, he also held executive-level roles on joint duty assignments in the National Counterterrorism Center and the National Security Council. Ali has a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in international relations from American University, and a J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Towsley Policymaker in Residence - Fall 2018, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan


  • Syrian residents watch as U.S. troops patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria, November 4, 2018

    Intelligence Losses Pose Large Risks as U.S. Troops Head Home

    Departing theaters such as Syria and Afghanistan carries a host of associated risks, challenges and potential benefits. Leaders would be well served to factor into the debate the importance of U.S. intelligence collection capabilities, its connection to U.S. presence overseas and its role in anticipating current and future threats.

    Jan 24, 2019 The Hill