Alexis A. Blanc is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Prior to RAND, Blanc was a Senior Federal Program Manager at the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration for nine years, managing two Line Item construction projects for the Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing. Blanc has also completed multiple special projects for the NNSA Administrator's Policy Office, working on nuclear weapons policy, posture, and supply chain security. Before that, she worked at the Department of Defense as a Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs. There she supported the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review effort as part of the Stockpile and Infrastructure Working Group, the ratification process for the New START Agreement, and the joint DoD-DOE Department effort to modernize the nuclear security enterprise. Blanc has a PhD in Political Science from The George Washington University focusing on International Relations and Public Policy. Her dissertation focused on conventionally-armed ballistic missiles, conflict initiation, employment strategies, and conflict outcomes.