Joe Cheravitch

Defense Analyst
Washington Office


M.S. in foreign service, Georgetown University; B.A. in international studies, Bowling Green University; B.A. in Russian, Bowling Green University


Joe Cheravitch is a defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. Before joining RAND, Cheravitch worked as a government analyst focusing on a range of national security issues, including the Afghan security forces and international cyber-warfare. Additionally, Cheravitch served as a psychological operations specialist in the U.S. Army from 2008 to 2012, deploying to Afghanistan in 2010 and Iraq in 2011. Cheravitch holds an M.S. in foreign service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. in international studies and Russian from Bowling Green State University.


Russian; Spanish


  • The entrance to Lakhta-2 business center, which reportedly houses news organizations and internet research companies known for trolling on social media, in St. Petersburg, Russia, February 20, 2018, photo by Anton Vaganov/Reuters

    What Translation Troubles Can Tell Us About Russian Information Warfare

    Moscow's form of information warfare targeting the West has attracted significant international attention since 2014, especially through its reinvigorated military intelligence branch. Nonetheless, little research has focused on these campaigns' apparent shortcomings. Most notable among operational errors are the confusing translation mistakes that undermine attempts at covert influence efforts.

    Oct 4, 2019 Small Wars Journal

  • Steam rises from the chimneys of a thermal power plant behind the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in Moscow, Russia January 9, 2018, photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

    Cyber Threats from the U.S. and Russia Are Now Focusing on Civilian Infrastructure

    For years, Russia and the United States have been targeting each other's infrastructure through cyberattacks. But the aggression and scope of these operations now seem unprecedented. What are the best options for U.S. policymakers?

    Jul 23, 2019 TechCrunch