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, information operations and messaging, and defense policy. Previously, Ryan worked as an analyst at CNA, where he conducted research for a number of projects relating to homeland security, emergency preparedness, and law enforcement. Ryan holds a master's degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and bachelor's degree in Political Science from Cal Poly Pomona.

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


  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a videoconference meeting with members of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Board of Trustees at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, December 24, 2020, photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Reuters

    Sanctions Targeting Russia's Defense Sector: Will They Influence Its Behavior?

    In response to recent Russian cyber espionage, interference in U.S. elections, and the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, President Biden announced a new round of sanctions and expulsions of Russian officials. But will these sanctions hurt Russia's defense industry enough to curb the Kremlin's behavior?

    May 20, 2021 RealClearDefense

  • 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