John A. Ausink

John A. Ausink
Senior Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in public policy, Harvard University; M.S. in mathematics, Oxford University; B.S. in mathematics and physics, U.S. Air Force Academy


John Ausink is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Within RAND, he has worked in Project AIR FORCE, the Arroyo Center (RAND Army Research Division), the National Defense Research Institute, and the Science and Technology Policy Institute. His research areas have included the development of analytical tools for measuring the retention behavior of military personnel, frameworks for strategic personnel planning, ways to improve Department of Defense acquisition, the training and management of Air Force pilots, a variety of training and acquisition issues related to the Joint Strike Fighter, and the introduction of the U.S. Space Force.

A career officer in the U.S. Air Force, Ausink was an instructor pilot, an associate professor of mathematics at the Air Force Academy, a National Defense Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and served on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. He earned his B.S. in mathematics and physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, his M.Sc. in mathematics from Oxford University, and his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.


  • Improving the Effectiveness of Air Force Squadron Commanders

    U.S. Air Force commanders around the world understand their responsibilities. But they believe that many unrecognized duties interfere with mission performance. They are generally prepared by professional education and career progression to fulfill their responsibilities, but they could use more instruction on how to command.

    May 23, 2018

    Homeland Security Today