Jeffrey Engstrom

Jeffrey Engstrom
Senior Political Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in public policy, George Mason University; M.P.P. in public policy, University of Chicago; B.A. in political science and international studies, University of Nebraska


Jeffrey Engstrom is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on Asia-Pacific security and foreign policy issues; China’s warfighting concepts and capabilities; coercion theory and use of coercive military force; and military intervention and security cooperation.

Before joining RAND, Engstrom was a defense policy analyst at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in McLean, Virginia, where, in addition to researching East Asian military capabilities, he also developed expertise in war gaming. Prior to his work at SAIC, Engstrom served as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Engstrom received his B.A. in political science and international studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University.

Selected Publications

Jeffrey Engstrom, Systems Confrontation and System Destruction Warfare: How the Chinese People's Liberation Army Seeks to Wage Modern Warfare, RAND Corporation (RR-1708), 2018

Michael S. Chase, Jeffrey Engstrom, et al., China's Incomplete Military Transformation: Assessing the Weaknesses of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), RAND Corporation (RR-893), 2015

Jeffrey Engstrom, "Taking Disaster Seriously: East Asian Military Responses to International Disaster Relief and the Implications for Force Projection," Asian Security, 9(1), 2013

Jeffrey Engstrom, "PLA's Growing Force Projection Capabilities," China Brief, 10(25), 2010

Honors & Awards

  • 2020 Silver Medal Award, RAND Corporation, Office of the President
  • 2015 Silver Medal Award, RAND Corporation, Office of the President