Philip S. Anton

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Senior Information Scientist
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Ph.D. and M.S. in information and computer science (artificial intelligence and computational neuroscience), University of California, Irvine; B.S. in engineering (computer engineering), University of California, Los Angeles

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Philip Antón is a senior information scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he conducts research on acquisition and sustainment policy, cybersecurity, emerging technologies, technology foresight, process performance measurement and efficiency, data science and analytics, aeronautics test infrastructure, and military modeling and simulation. 

From 2011 to 2016, Antón served two tours on loan to the Pentagon filling an SES position directing the Acquisition Policy Analysis Center. Reporting directly to the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology & Logistics (AT&L), he conducted strategic initiatives to improve the performance of the Department of Defense’s policies and institutions, crafted affordability policy, and brought new analytic insights into the performance of acquisition and sustainment policies, processes, and tradecraft. For these contributions Antón received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 2017.

From 2004-2011, Antón was the director of the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center in the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD). This center addressed how accelerating technological change and modernization efforts will transform the U.S. national security establishment. It also explored new acquisition and management strategies and ways to maintain core defense technology and production bases.

Antón earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in information and computer science from the University of California, Irvine, specializing in computational neuroscience and artificial intelligence. His B.S. is in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in computer engineering.

Previous Positions

Deputy Director for Acquisition Policy Analysis, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Technology Area Manager and Principal Scientist, Artificial Intelligence Technial Center, MITRE Corporation

Recent Projects

  • Early Predictive Indicators of Contractor Risk and Performance: A Data-Analytic Approach
  • Supersonic Test Capabilities and Needs
  • Cybersecurity Requirements for Contractors
  • Methodology for Assessing Usability, Deployability, and Security when Selecting Multi-Factor Authentication Systems
  • Cyberspace as a Warfighting Domain

Selected Publications

Philip S. Anton, et al., Strategies for Acquisition Agility: Approaches for Speeding Delivery of Defense Capabilities, RAND Corporation (RR-4193), 2020

Philip S. Anton, Megan McKernan, et al., Assessing Department of Defense Use of Data Analytics and Enabling Data Management to Improve Acquisition Outcomes, (RR-3136), 2019

Jan Osburg, Philip S. Anton, et al., Expanding Flight Research: Capabilities, Needs, and Management Options for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, RAND Corporation (RR-1361), 2016

, Performance of the Defense Acquisition System, Department of Defense, 2016

Philip S. Anton, et al., An Update of the Nation's Long-Term Strategic Needs for NASA's Aeronautics Test Facilities, RAND Corporation (DB-553), 2009

Richard Silberglitt, Philip S. Anton, et al., The Global Technology Revolution 2020: Bio/Nano/Materials/Information Trends, Drivers, Barriers, and Social Implications, RAND Corporation (MG-475-NIC), 2006

Philip S. Anton, et al., Finding and Fixing Vulnerabilities in Information Systems: The Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation Methodology, RAND Corporation (MR-1601-DARPA), 2004

Philip S. Anton, et al., Wind Tunnel and Propulsion Test Facilities: An Assessment of NASA's Capabilities to Serve National Needs, RAND Corporation (MG-178-NASA/OSD), 2004

Honors & Awards

  • Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: City News Service, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Daily News; Santa Monica Star