Gene Germanovich

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Acting International Portfolio Lead, RAND National Security Research Division; International Defense Researcher
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B.S. in international affairs, Georgia Tech; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University

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Gene Germanovich is the acting international portfolio lead for the National Security Research Division and an international defense researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research areas of interest include European security, the NATO alliance, maritime and amphibious forces, and security cooperation. Work at RAND has also included Nordic security, military interoperability, and nuclear preparedness. Prior to joining RAND, he spent eleven years at a national security consulting firm where he conducted policy analysis, strategic planning, and wargaming for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Marine Corps, and other U.S. government clients. He earned an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University and a B.S. in international affairs from Georgia Tech, and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


  • NATO Chiefs of Defense meet during the NATO Military Committee Conference at Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, September 28, 2018

    NATO Needs a European Level of Ambition

    As NATO finalizes its new political guidance designed to shape future military forces, it has the chance to both strengthen Europe’s commitment to burden-sharing and relieve American concern about the creation of a new European Army. Building an enhanced European capacity within NATO entails some risk, but the benefits may outweigh concerns.

    Dec 10, 2018 Defense News

  • Group photo of EU leaders on the launching of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) during a EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, December 14, 2017

    European Defense Cooperation: Headed in the Right Direction?

    In late December, all but three European Union nations agreed to activate Europe's latest, and perhaps most promising, effort to coordinate their defense investments. U.S. officials should let this effort run its course while encouraging and helping to lay the groundwork for continued collaboration.

    May 14, 2018 Defense One

  • NATO Response Force and Allied Marines from the U.K., U.S., Sweden, and Finland simulate amphibious assaults on a Swedish beachhead during BALTOPS 2015

    The Hidden Potential of NATO's Gator Navies

    Improving U.S.-European amphibious interoperability would bolster the alliance's defense posture in a non-provocative manner that complements recent moves in land forces. The 2017 Summit in Brussels presents an opportunity to refine allied ground posture while adding this maritime dimension.

    Mar 17, 2017 Defense One