Ryan Bauer

Ryan Bauer
Senior Defense Analyst; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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


Ryan Bauer (he/him) is a senior defense analyst at RAND. His research primarily focuses on information warfare and information operations, disinformation and messaging, Russian security issues, and emergency preparedness. Bauer has worked on a range of projects examining the operationalization of information warfare, disinformation, mass attacks in public places, and the proliferation of Russian and Chinese arms and private military and security companies. 

He previously worked as an analyst at CNA, where he conducted research for a number of projects relating to homeland security and emergency preparedness. Bauer holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and B.A. in Political Science from Cal Poly Pomona University.

Selected Publications

Ryan Bauer, Erik Mueller, "Russian Private Military Companies Thriving Due to War with Ukraine," The Moscow Times, 2023

Ryan Bauer, "How Russia’s War in Ukraine Has Impacted its Christian Image," The Moscow Times, 2022

Parachini, John V., Ryan Bauer, and Peter A. Wilson, Impact of the U.S. and Allied Sanction Regimes on Russian Arms Sales, RAND Corporation (RR-A1341-1), 2021

Marcellino, William, Christopher Paul, Elizabeth L. Petrun Sayers, Michael Schwille, Ryan Bauer, Jason R. Vick, and Walter F. Landgraf III, Developing, Disseminating, and Assessing Command Narrative: Anchoring Command Efforts on a Coherent Story, RAND Corporation (RR-A353-1), 2021