Scott Boston

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Senior Defense Analyst
Washington Office


B.S. in military history, US Mil Academy at West Point; M.A. in international relations, Yale University


Scott Boston is a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on land warfare, with particular emphasis on Russian military capabilities and ground force concepts and modernization. He has worked primarily in RAND’s Army Research Division and has led projects on Russian ground combat capabilities and U.S. Army combat vehicle modernization. His portfolio at RAND has also included several other studies considering force modernization, new technologies, and new operational concepts.

Prior to joining RAND in 2011, Boston worked in the International Security and Foreign Policy program at the Smith Richardson Foundation. A former U.S. Army field artillery officer, he received a master’s degree in International Relations from Yale and a bachelor’s degree in military history from West Point.


  • Ukraine

    U.S. Military Aid to Ukraine: A Silver Bullet?

    U.S. military assistance to Ukraine now will at best be marginal in affecting the outcome of the Russia-Ukraine crisis. It might be morally justified to help a U.S. partner at risk of aggression. But given the scale of the potential threat to Ukraine and its forces, the most effective way Washington can help is to work on finding a diplomatic solution.

    Jan 21, 2022

    Foreign Policy

  • Security Cooperation

    A 'Glass Half-Full': Next Steps for Enhancing Deterrence on NATO's Eastern Flank

    The United States and key allies have taken steps toward redressing the imbalance in military power between NATO and Russia in Northeastern Europe. But NATO's defense planners must be clear-eyed about what remains to be done.

    Feb 12, 2018

    The RAND Blog