John Bordeaux

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Senior Management Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in public policy, George Mason University; M.S. in information systems, George Mason University; B.S. in governmental administration, Christopher Newport University; A.A.S. in imagery and intelligence analysis, Community College of the Air Force


John Bordeaux is a senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation. For nearly 20 years, Bordeaux has provided research and advisory services in strategy, knowledge management, information integration, and governance for federal and private sector interests. Preferred methods derive from a combination of cognitive science, complexity theory, information science, and cultural studies. 

Focus areas include strategic planning, organizational decision-making, teaming structures, and risk analysis/assessment to include resilience "engineering."

In 2008 he served as leader, Knowledge Management Working Group for the Project on National Security Reform (Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress).

Bordeaux's previous positions include associate partner with IBM's Global Business Services, director for the Stupski Foundation, and a senior principal with SRA International, Inc.

Prior to this (1990-1998), he was a senior programmer analyst with the RAND Corporation, supporting defense policy analysis and wargaming events for the U.S. Department of Defense. John served in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence analyist from 1982-1990.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Walsh College

Recent Projects

  • Defining the Office of the Chief Data Officer
  • Transportation Security Administration Enterprise Information and Data Study
  • Developing Common Adjudicative Criteria from Risk Categories
  • Review of the U.S. Army's Suitability Fitness and Homeland Security Personnel Directive-12 Screening Programs

Honors & Awards

  • Bronze Award for Mission & Impact, The RAND Corporation


  • Department of Homeland Security logo on a federal building, photo by memoriesarecaptured/Getty Images

    Setting Priorities for the Next DHS CIO

    In its latest leadership vacancy, the Department of Homeland Security has lost its chief information officer. This position carries important statutory powers, a sizable budget, and critical responsibilities to ensure the proper functioning of the department. A new CIO will have an opportunity to continue the scaffolding necessary to forge a culture of unified purpose and unified effort for protecting the homeland.

    Dec 16, 2019 Homeland Security Today