Ryan Bauer

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Defense Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science, CSU Poly (Pomona)


Ryan Bauer is a defense analyst at RAND. His research interests include homeland security, emergency preparedness, defense policy, Russian and European foreign policy, and information operations. Previously, Bauer worked as an analyst at CNA, where he conducted research for a number of projects relating to homeland security, emergency preparedness, and law enforcement. Bauer holds a master's degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Selected Publications

Joshua Tallis, Ryan Bauer, Lauren Frey, "ISIL’S Battlefield Tactics and the Implications for Homeland Security and Preparedness," Journal of Terrorism Research, 8(3), 2017

Ryan Bauer, "Russia’s Soft Power Development in the 21st Century," Small Wars Journal, 2016


  • Russian Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jets perform during a demonstration flight at the MAKS-2019 air show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, August 29, 2019, photo by Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

    Russia's Su-57 Heavy Fighter Bomber: Is It Really a Fifth-Generation Aircraft?

    Russia's Su-57 aircraft has been in development since 2002 and is considered a key part of Russia's arms export industry as a fifth-generation fighter. Despite continued Russian efforts to sell the aircraft, it is unlikely that a fully developed and full production–ready Su-57 will be available for sale before the late 2020s.

    Aug 17, 2020 The RAND Blog