Aaron C. Davenport

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Senior Policy Researcher, International/Defense/Homeland Security/Safety & Health
Washington Office


M.S. in environmental sciences, occupational health, industrial hygiene, minor - hazardous materials, University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health


Aaron C. Davenport is currently serving as a Senior International and Defense Policy Researcher for the RAND Corporation. He retired as a senior officer after over 30 years’ service in the US Coast Guard. His final assignment was Chief Professional Officer for a fleet of over 250 ships and 8,400 sea going personnel. He was also the Coast Guard’s founding Deputy Chief, Office of Counter-Terrorism and Special Missions and served in a Department of Defense joint duty assignment as the Executive Officer for Counterdrug Operations at US Southern Command Headquarters. During his distinguished career, he served at sea aboard six ships including command of two large cutters, enforcing international fisheries treaties, international immigration and trafficking laws, and performing cooperative security assistance, humanitarian assistance and joint maritime operations throughout the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, and Bering Sea. He also served on the White House Staff as a Special Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism for two administrations, where he was instrumental in developing and advancing many key homeland security strategies and policies. Davenport completed senior executive fellowships at the RAND Corporation, National Defense Research Institute and the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. He holds a BS in Marine Sciences from the US Coast Guard Academy, and a MS in Environmental Sciences, with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene and a Minor in Hazardous Materials from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Previous Positions

White House Special Advisor for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism, Office of the Vice President of the United States, National Security and Homeland Security Affairs, 2007-2009; Chief, US Coast Office of Cutter Forces, Department of Homeland Security, 2011-2014; Deputy Chief, US Coast Guard Office of Counter-terrorism and Special Missions, Department of Homeland Security, 2005-2006; Executive Officer, Counter-drug Operations Division, US Southern Command Headquarters, Department of Defense, 2001-2003; Commanding Officer, US Coast Guard Cutters JARVIS, (2009-2010) VALIANT (2003-2005), Department of Homeland Security; Operations Officer, US Coast Guard Marine Safety and Group Office, Philadelphia, PA, Department of Transportation, 1988-1990,; Deputy Chief, Safety and Environmental Health Branch; Senior Industrial Hygienist, US Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Department of Transportation, 1995-1998

Recent Projects

  • International Program to End Modern Slavery
  • Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center, DHS Science and Technology Maritime Domain Awareness Analysis of Alternatives
  • Project Air Force, Medical Operations in Denied and Contaminated Environments Threat Analysis
  • The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program: Impact Assessment and Strategic Planning for Translational Research

Selected Publications

Aaron C. Davenport and William C. Hinds, "Carbon Monoxide and Oxides of Nitrogen Exposure During Offloading of Car Carrier Vessels," Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

A.C. Davenport, T.J. Glynn, H. Rhambarose, "Coast Guard Exposure to Gasoline, MTBE, and Benzene Vapors During Inspection of Tank Barges," American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal

Savitz, et.al., Enhancing US Coast Guard Metrics, RAND Corporation (RR-1173), 2015

Tingstad, et.al., Identifying Potential Gaps in US Coast Guard Arctic Capabilities, RAND Corporation (RR-2310), 2017

Honors & Awards

  • Defense Superior Service Medal, Secretary of Defense, Office of the Vice President of the United States
  • Senior Fellow, Chief of Naval Operations, Strategic Studies Group XXX, Chief of Naval Operations, US Coast Guard Commandant
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Commander, U.S. Southern Command


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