Joslyn Fleming

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Defense Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in international affairs - africa regional concentration, The George Washington University; B.S. in political science, United States Naval Academy

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Joslyn Fleming is a defense policy researcher at the RAND corporation where she specializes in military logistics, with a particular interest in how to plan for logistics in future operating concepts. She also contributes to strategic readiness, personnel, and intelligence work. She has led multiple research projects to include a project addressing the effects of delamination on ballistic glass in military vehicles. The project pioneered new research techniques for field research and data collection and was recognized in RAND Year in Review 2018 for direct impact on improving military readiness. She has also been the lead author on reports determining how to measure capacity in logistics units and tailored equipping strategies for distributed operations.

She has served in the Marine Corps for 16 years as a supply officer and civil affairs officer, leading diverse teams on deployments to Iraq, Jordan, and the INDOPACOM and CENTCOM theaters. She also served as Senator Chris Dodd's (D-CT) military legislative fellow. As a legislative and strategic analyst for the Marine Corps, she researched, analyzed, and briefed senior defense and legislative officials on military future vision and strategy.

Fleming holds an M.A. in international affairs with an Africa regional specialty from The George Washington University and a B.S. in political science from the United States Naval Academy. She did her capstone research in Uganda where she explored the long-term reintegration needs of former child soldiers. She continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve and is currently assigned to Marine Forces Europe and Africa.

Recent Projects

  • Developing a Capacity Assessment Framework for Marine Logistics Groups
  • Right-Sizing Marine Corps Intermediate Supply Units
  • Equipping the 21st Century Marine Corps
  • Addressing Ballistic Glass Delamination
  • Analysis of Marine Corps Small Unmanned Aerial Systems