Sebastian Joon Bae

Defense Analyst
Washington Office


BA in peace & conflict studies, UC Berkeley; MA in security studies, Georgetown University


Sebastian Joon Bae is a defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. For six years, he served in the Marine Corps infantry, leaving as a Sergeant, including a deployment to Iraq in 2009. Afterwards, he worked at the U.S. Marine Corps Wargaming Division as an analyst before moving to Foreign Policy Magazine as a defense writer. His current research interests include defense wargaming, counterinsurgency, hybrid warfare, violent non-state actors, emerging technologies, and the nexus between security and development.