John Bordeaux

John Bordeaux
Senior Management Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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 (he/him) is a senior management scientist at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. For over 30 years, he has provided research and advisory services in strategy, knowledge management, information integration, and data governance for federal and private sector interests. Preferred methods derive from a combination of cognitive science, complexity theory, information science, and organizational cultural studies. Bordeaux has functioned as the principal investigator for studies sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (CISA), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Defense (Army).

Focus areas include strategic planning, technology strategy, organizational decision-making, information science, 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 as Chief Knowledge Officer for 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. Bordeaux served in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence analyst from 1982-1990.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Walsh College

Selected Publications

Romanosky, Sasha, John Bordeaux, Michael J. D. Vermeer, Jonathan W. Welburn, Aaron Strong, and Zev Winkelman, Identifying Critical IT Products and Services, RAND Corporation (RR-A923-2), 2022

Culbertson, Shelly, John Bordeaux, Italo A. Gutierrez, Andrew Lauland, Kristin J. Leuschner, Blas Nunez-Neto, and Lisa Saum-Manning, Building Back Locally: Supporting Puerto Rico's Municipalities in Post-Hurricane Reconstruction, RAND Corporation (RR-3041-DHS), 2020

Blumenthal, Marjory S., Jirka Taylor, Erin N. Leidy, Brent Anderson, Diana Gehlhaus, John Bordeaux, and Michael G. Shanley, Evolving the Practice of Evaluating Research-Portfolios, RAND Corporation (RB-10036-OSD), 2019

Blumenthal, Marjory S., Jirka Taylor, Erin N. Leidy, Brent Anderson, Diana Gehlhaus, John Bordeaux, and Michael G. Shanley, Research-Portfolio Performance Metrics: Rapid Review, RAND Corporation (RR-2370-OSD), 2019

Vick, Alan J., David T. Orletsky, John Bordeaux, and David A. Shlapak, Enhancing Air Power’s Contribution Against Light Infantry Targets, RAND Corporation (MR-697-AF), 1996


  • Homeland Security

    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